Lisa O`Brien Posted April 7, 2014 Share Posted April 7, 2014 A few of you here know of my 17 year old son,Sean. His alcoholic father died when he was 10. I have mental health problems, and it can`t always have been easy for him. His aunt and uncle ,when his father died set up a Trust Fund for him. We were offered ,completely out of the blue ,when he was 12 [the age children in the Republic of Ireland start Secondary school and where his father`s relatives all are] the opportunity to attend a private boarding school in Dublin,all to be paid for by them. It was the chance of a lifetime,and like an idiot I listened to what Sean wanted,which was to stay at the local High School,when this boarding school environment would have changed his life. Then I offered ,with some savings I had due to compensation received for a broken ankle [i was thrown from a taxi by a dangling aerial wire; the owner of the company said I must have thrown myself out of the taxi deliberately.Like you do,breaking and dislocating your ankle.Not.!] Anyway I wanted to use some of this money to pay for Sean to go on one of these work abroad experience holidays,working with elephants in Africa or just touring across America. I let him look at all the info all the different companies had. Not interested in any of them. Just now I received an email from Liverpool John Moores University.I am still on their mailing list from when I ordered a prospectus from them a few months back. They are offering a GREAT offer for students from Northern Ireland. All you have to do is email them writing why you would like to study at LJM Uni,and a bit about yourself.The best ones selected will be given free return flights,Belfast to Liverpool,University accommodation,meals,excursions and a trip around the uni,all FREE OF CHARGE. I said,Sean,look at this.This would be something interesting to do in the summer and it wouldn`t cost us a penny. Plus you would be able to meet up with your Aunty Sue [my sister]and Uncle Colin in Manchester who haven`t seen him for 7 years. He is absolutely not interested at all. Why would someone not jump at the chance for a few days away somewhere if it wasn`t going to cost a penny? OK I know Liverpool is not exactly the Seychelles. [sorry Janet,i`m sure you love the place !!] But he also had the opportunity of seeing the world and me paying for it. He doesn`t seem to even want to travel as far away as Belfast .I couldn`t wait to leave school,leave Manchester and go to live in London when I was 16. Then I was in Paris,Hong Kong,Japan,Manila,Athens. I feel so happy that I have seen some of the world and experienced different cultures. It has enriched me as a person and given me the kind of education which was far better than anything taught to me at school. I know everybody is different and he has a mind of his own.But why is he just content to go to the local college and the rest of the time stay in his room? I feel so frustrated.!!!!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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