Kirsten - posted on 10/19/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )
I'd like to know what others think about what I'm about to write because I may be overreacting:
Yesterday, my son told me that a friend from school had invited him to a Halloween amusement park (Valley Scare here in the Twin Cities). I called the boy's mom to make sure this was really the plan because its a pricy event (about $30 per person). As a single mom, I'm watching every penny. This event would not be something I could ordinarily afford.
The mom (I'll call her Marge) agreed that each of her two sons could invite a friend. She was happy that my son could go with her family. I asked if I could send along some money with my son for food, and she suggested that I pay for the ticket ($32) plus money for food. I was a bit taken aback. That's a lot of money for me, and I'm between paychecks. Because my son was already excited about going, I sort of agreed to bring the money. Now, I am feeling yucky about how I got sucked into paying so much when all along I thought that my son was being invited.
What does everyone else think? Should the family have paid for the ticket for my son? Am I out of line for feeling duped? What should I do at this point?