What To Do With The Big Check???

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  1. tlatrice

    tlatrice Member

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    Well, Awards Night has come and gone. I was so anxious for my son to get 'the big check'. And he did. But now that I'm looking at packing up his room and what not, it's like 'I've still got this giant check sitting around'. :yllol: What have others done with it? Frame it? Fold it up and tuck it away? TRASH IT (seems so wrong! :yllol:)?

    Any ideas???
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Keep it in the attic, take it with you on vacations and take pictures with it! :D
     
  3. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 5-Year Member

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    Take a photo. Store it. Hand it over with all other DS belongings for him to remove from your home and look after himself once he’s launched.
     
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    Pima 10-Year Member

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    LMAO. So many posters every year get wrapped up on how they are upset that they didn't get the big check on the awards night and never think about exactly where you are right now, feeling guilty bc your child won't take it to college, and you feel guilty throwing it away!

    Here is my advice! PITCH IT in the garbage can.

    My DH (Bullet on this site) spent 21 yrs ADAF. The only papers we have from his AFROTC life is his official commission. Our DS commissioned AFROTC 6 yrs ago. The only thing he has is the exact same thing...his official commission. They will spend their lives making what is referred to as an I LOVE ME room. None of it will be tied to HS nor ROTC!

    And oh yes, when packing up the room I handed that check to DS, while I said what do you want me to do with this? His reply, the garbage can! Going full circle here. Parents care more about that big check than the kid does, or at least with my kids that is how they felt, and that includes my non-ROTC kids, but got merit checks at award night, all of those papers found their way until the circular filing cabinet by August!
     
  5. THParent

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    Deposit it in the BIG ATM. :D
     
  6. bucketheadsdad

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    I like this idea. Just like "Flat Stanley" from the children's book. I hauled Flat Stanley around for months for my nephew, and took dozens upon dozens of photos with him, so my nephew could complete a big assignment for his class.
     
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  7. ChoirDude

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    I've started packing up my son's last four years in a large plastic bin (graduation regalia, medals, awards, ticket stubs, letters, random stuff). The bin along with the big check and another box with baby/childhood items will all be stored until he has his own place and then he can decide what he wants to keep or trash.
     
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  8. sheriff3

    sheriff3 5-Year Member

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    Have him endorse it and send it to the US Treasury.... we need it!
     
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  9. believe2023

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    What is "the big check"?
     
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  10. GHTeam

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    Save it! I’m hanging my son’s check in his room, and it’ll bring a smile to face when I walk into that empty room when he’s away at college. Such great memories of his hard work and the amazing scholarship event at his high school!
     
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  13. tlatrice

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    LOL! These responses were AWESOME! I guess I'll trash it. We took a pic of him receiving it, him holding it, and then him holding it while standing next to his great grandma! I guess that's enough.

    And yes, I was SO hoping he'd get the big check but never thought about what you do with it later! I was actually a little disappointed that it wasn't bigger!
     
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  14. tlatrice

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    I've already decided that I'm not going into his room while he's away. I tried to avoid going in there while he was here (boy cooties - ick!). There's no reason to go in there now.

    Maybe I'll go check periodically to make sure no one has moved in with me without my knowing it!
     
  15. BTCS/USN

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    Leave it hanging on the wall in his old room and turn it into a room you always wanted ie. den, reading room, craft area, bar , and when people visit and see it hanging there and ask "what's that"?, tell them that's how much money I didn't have to spend and therefore able to pay for the remodeling effort to change this room from a toxic waste dump into this (whatever you decided to convert it into).
     
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  16. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

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    Put it in a closet, keep the cork in the Champagne and wait, because the Big Check isn't worth a thing until he graduates, commissions, and serves the 4 year obligation to the military. Up until that point it's just a loan.
     
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  17. sheriff3

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    So very true Jcleepe