How will they carry that dollar bill?

She walked in with a big smile, and a dollar bill. She sat in a class I taught years ago, clutching that piece of green. Her eyes seemed to sparkle as the mission project envelope came her way, knowing that dollar bill would be sent to help other children, that had much less than her. It’s obvious that someone had taken much time to teach this little girl the value of her dollar, and the importance of giving!


Our family focus this past holiday seemed less about the gifts and more about sitting together at Grammies feast. I have always disliked the push to buy BUY BUY come December. I doubt the kids will remember me by the toys I have bought them. I’d rather them remember Aunt Sondra taking them to Elmer’s on a hot summer day, to sit in front of the fireplace drinking hot chocolate (with 3 inches of whipping cream!), pretending to be in a log cabin with snow outside! I’d rather them remember Uncle Steve by the time he took showing them how something works, teaching them “don’t throw it away – fix it”. Better yet, his example of needs versus wants.


Do the children of today know how to save for tomorrow? Are we showing them the value of a dollar, or how to save for the future? When my mother bought a home in 1967, she paid $29,000. In 2013 the average purchase price was $325,000. What will it cost when the kids we care about today are ready to buy their first home? How will they carry that dollar bill? I hope we are teaching them that a penny saved is a penny earned.

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