Columnist: Favorite day of the week; saving for college

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 10, 2016

When I was very young my favorite day of the week was Friday.

It meant to me date night, riding horses, fishing, water skiing, hunting and many more fun things to do. As I got older and really in love with what I do — that is playing the game of real estate — my favorite day became Monday.

I have a fun career where I get the pleasure of finding people their first home or their dream home. The rewards are always the same, happy people and a lot of people like me for they get paid also — insurance agents, lawyers and survey companies.

Yes, people like people that know how to move property. Now as I started getting a few gray hairs, my favorite day of the week became Sunday.

Why Sunday? When I go to church I get a great message from my pastor. I am among other people that believe in a God that has more answers than I do.

As I have gotten older it has become much easier to talk with God every day of the week. I have learned to just wait and let God take care of it for me! Also with age, when hunting, the trophy has to be bigger for me to put my book down as I sit in the deer stand.

Hopefully, as we mature our values are drawn closer to the things that really count in life like God, family, friends and willingness to turn our problems over to the Lord. I really hope you have a blessed day!

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If you want to change your family tree you’ve got to change your mindset about money. I talk, and listen, to so many parents this time of year that are talking about how much college costs and what a burden it will be for them.

Well, sit down with Johnny and Sally and talk about money. Tell them how much this college thing is going to be and what they should expect.

As Dave Ramsey says, “There are a lot of scholarships out there.” Some are only $500, $750 or maybe a $1,000, but they do add up.

Has anyone thought about going to a junior college? Their fees are much cheaper than the big football schools.

Have we talked about good grades for the Hope Grant?

Have we talked about a co-op program where a young person works for a company and goes to college? Jay did this at Auburn and had many job offers because he had work experience and he made about $16,000 each year while in school.

Be honest with your kids about what you can do to help. If they are serious about school they will find a way to help and make it happen. They will be a better student, and person, because they were part of the solution and not the problem.

I worked several jobs when I went through school. My best memories were the year I worked 35 to 50 feet in the air helping build a bridge across the Chattahoochee River before they backed up West Point Lake.

One memory I have is 13 state employees watching our crew of 12 work one day. As a young person you never forget things like that. Yes, that happened.

Jerry Johnson

Contributing columnist

Jerry Johnson is president of First Realty of LaGrange.