Urged on by nostalgia, the Original Poster (OP) bought an old Bronco. The problem? He used his young daughter’s college fund to pay for it.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
When he was a teenager, OP’s father bought him a classic 1972 Ford Bronco, which became his true passion and a centerpiece of his high school memories.
The Unbreakable Father-Son Bond
OP and his father spent countless hours working on it together. It was the one thing that always brought them back together during rough patches.
The Connection Between His Father and the Truck
When OP turned 19, he regrettably sold the Bronco. Two months later, his father passed away, and he has always felt a karmic connection between the two events.
The Struggles With Postpartum
Recently, OP and his wife welcomed their first child, a baby girl.
While his wife has returned to work, she has struggled to find a daycare that she felt comfortable with and told OP she wants to be a stay-at-home mom.
His Wife Is Exhausted and Stressed
Additionally, his wife has been dealing with the emotional and physical tolls of childbirth and breastfeeding, which have caused extra stress.
Reuniting With an Old Friend
One day, while driving through their town’s warehouse district, OP saw a beat-up Bronco that resembled his old one. Curious, he stopped to look inside and discovered it was his old car!
The Impulsive Purchase
The current owner mentioned someone was willing to buy it for $21,000, so OP offered to buy it for $23,000 on the spot.
Goodbye College Fund
He managed to scrape the money together by emptying their daughter’s college fund, maxing out his credit card, and getting help from his mother.
A Boy and His Bronco
He was thrilled to have his old car back, even though it needs a lot of work that he can’t currently afford.
His Wife’s Reaction
When he broke the news to his wife and her parents, they were furious with him. They felt he was being deceitful and should have sacrificed everything to ensure his wife could stay home with their child.
He Says They Have More Time
OP disagrees, believing they have plenty of time to set up a college fund, and that the Bronco holds immense sentimental value for him.
The Symbolism This Bronco Has Is Invaluable
He sees it as a potential source of connection between himself and his children in the future.
Sticking To His Decision
Despite the backlash, OP remains thrilled to have his old car back in his driveway and considers it the literal embodiment of happiness.
Is He in the Wrong?
Redditors overwhelmingly said he was in the wrong. One user responded, “Who spends $23K without so much as speaking to their spouse first?”
PandaB00p said, “I’m not married or have kids, but this would be a deal breaker for me. I couldn’t call the divorce lawyer fast enough and double down on child support.”
What do you think? Is this grounds for divorce, or was this a once-in-a-lifetime purchase?
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