Today we opened a checking account for Chloe so she’ll have a debit card to use abroad. That way she won’t need to open a bank account in Spain because her funds will be as close as the nearest ATM and she can use the card anywhere that accepts Visa. She was told that you have to be 18 to open a checking account, which I knew. I said, "Even if I'm on the account?" The bank employee seemed a little surprised, "You're willing to be on her account?" Of course, how else do the thousands of under-18-year-olds get checking accounts?
Our bank has a high-school intern program that Chloe’s been interested in since the first time she saw it on a student’s name tag, about four years ago. The interns work as tellers a couple of afternoons a week and every Saturday for two years, after which they can usually continue on as a regular employee while they are going to college. Halfway through the checking-account-opening procedure, the woman asked Chloe if she knows anyone who’s going to be a junior this coming year who is not going away for the year. They’re looking for a student intern.
Still no more news on getting A here on time. I'll wait until Wednesday to inquire because their appointment with the embassy in Madrid is on Friday, but A's parents won't be home from the beach until the 21st.