I’ve been reminded recently by my
stalker friend Pat that I hadn’t posted in awhile, so I figured the last day of the year was as good as any to try to get one up.
I spent New Year’s Eve rolling coins before hubby and I had our annual fondue dinner at home. We don’t go out on New Year’s Eve since it’s “amateur night” – you know… all those people who never party choose this one night to go tie one on, and it just gets ridiculous out.
So we’ve been in most of the day, and I rolled coins. I know that there are those machines where you can put the coins in, and it’ll count them for you – but it also takes about 8% of your money for the privilege of doing it. I’m a banker’s daughter, and by golly, I’m gonna roll my own. And in that time, I always feel a little closer to my dad.
When I was a little girl, Dad would bring coins home from the bank, and we’d spend hours looking at them… the dates, the mint marks, the condition… and we’d look them up in a coin book we kept at the house to see if we’d found anything of value. Oh, we’d find a few here and there… not many… and we’d spend the rest of the time rolling up what was left over. We used those flat coin rollers that were “one size fits all” and were the absolute devil to get around the coins before they all spilled out because that’s what they used at the bank, and that’s what I learned to use.
Years later, I realize that the value I found was those hours with my dad. He never said a lot, and I’m guessing he was thrilled to find a way to keep an inquisitive child busy when there were only 3 channels on a black & white TV. Every time I roll coins now, I’m taken back to those times I spent with him.
So today, I rolled a quart mason jar full of pennies. I looked at each one carefully to see if there might be one of value. Got a total of $12.50 rolled… and wouldn’t you know it, but I found two wheat pennies. Doubt they’re worth much more than a penny, except they represent a world of memories to me.
I wish all of you a happy, safe and healthy new year. May our troubles be few and our joys be many.