My car needs a new transmission. To the tune of $2-3 thousand, most likely. Two weeks before the end of school.
So of course the decision must be made whether to fix it or start over on a different car. I like my car, and would be happy to have it for several more years. 2-3 thousand would not buy me a car as nice as the one I have, so, more payments. While I still have payments on mine, I could have it paid off within the year. I don't want to start with a new set. If all goes well, the amount of money we would spend on the transmission would pay for a reliable (as this car has been so far) vehicle for several more years, and would be worth that price.
Like many people, I don't have that much money laying around, although I could probably work something out, or several things out, that would get me to pay off the bill, and pay off any loans accrued for it in a few months. Of course we'll have to cancel the vacation we had planned. The vehicle is, in all practicality, a higher priority. I will be sorry for that, but I won't begrudge it. In fact, I guess that over all, I'm pleased that I feel I could work out something to pay for these expensive repairs, which hasn't always been the case.
So, I'm working through my decision, my anxiety, and the frustration that accompanies disaster. I keep in mind that no one's health is affected. That as disasters go, there are many worse and more devastating ones. And still, I'll have to work to keep my voice from not-so-adult whiny-ness for the next few days while arrangements are being made.