An­noy­ing kids on flight Dear An­nie

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS - Dear Tod­dler Tur­bu­lence: Dear For­mer Stu­dent-loan Call Cen­ter Rep:

FRI­DAY, OC­TO­BER 6, 2017

Dear An­nie: I re­cently was on a short flight. A young cou­ple and their two chil­dren were seated be­hind me. One was 11 months old; the other was 2 years old. I am a mother of three and grand­mother of six; I love kids and don’t con­sider my­self a grouch. How­ever, I just like to sit qui­etly in my seat and read my book and do not re­ally care to so­cial­ize with fel­low pas­sen­gers. I re­al­ize that young chil­dren and in­fants can be dif­fi­cult to en­ter­tain on flights, and I didn’t mind some noise and oc­ca­sional fuss­ing. But when the 2-year-old kept flip­ping the tray that was at­tached to the back of my seat up and down, I be­came very ir­ri­tated, not with the child but with the par­ent who al­lowed him to do it over and over again. I didn’t re­ally want to turn around and be the grouchy old lady com­plain­ing. So I en­dured it for two hours. Am I be­ing un­rea­son­able? Shouldn’t par­ents be a lit­tle more mind­ful of fel­low pas­sen­gers’ com­fort? I’m hop­ing par­ents of young chil­dren who fly will read this. — Tod­dler Tur­bu­lence

Bet­ter to bear the 30 sec­onds of dis­com­fort for speak­ing up than two hours of dis­com­fort for not. And you can speak up while still be­ing per­fectly cor­dial. Face the par­ent with a smile. Say hello. Be di­rect: “Would you please stop him from open­ing and shut­ting the tray ta­ble? It’s shak­ing my seat.” Even if the par­ent judges you as a “grouchy old lady,” I guar­an­tee some other pas­sen­gers will silently re­gard you as a hero.

Dear An­nie: I just read the let­ter by “Sad and Over It, With Empty Pock­ets.” I once worked for a stu­dent loan ser­vices com­pany. I worked with co-sign­ers on loans that were in ar­rears. I don’t know all the de­tails for “Sad’s” case, so ob­vi­ously this may not be ap­pli­ca­ble to her sit­u­a­tion. But if the par­ents only co-signed the loan, it’s pos­si­ble they are just re­spon­si­ble for a cer- tain per­cent­age of re­pay­ment (if it was a fed­eral stu­dent loan). If it went through col­lec­tions, then it may not be. If it was a Di­rect Plus Loan, then the par­ent is re­spon­si­ble for the full amount, no matter what agree­ment they made be­tween them­selves.

I think they should call and talk to their loan ser­vicer (and ask for a su­per­vi­sor) to find out whether they have paid off their por­tion of the loan. If they have a copy of the prom­is­sory note, it should also have all the de­tails on there. — For­mer Stu­dent-loan Call Cen­ter Rep

I’m print­ing your let­ter so it might be of help to “Sad and Over It, With Empty Pock­ets” and any­one else whose adult child is re­fus­ing to re­pay a loan. Thank you for bring­ing pro­fes­sional in­sight to this com­plex is­sue.

Send your ques­tions for An­nie Lane to dear­an­nie@cre­ators.com.

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