I opened this envelope, addressed to me almost 40 years ago, yesterday afternoon. Inside was a $2 bill and Kennedy half-dollar. The note, written by mom, says they were given to me by my maternal grandparents.
If there is significance to August 10 it is escaping me. It is a few months from my birthday. And I was a few weeks away from starting kindergarten.
This $2.50 is remarkable to me because:
- I have very few possessions that once belonged to my maternal grandparents.
- The dollar is emblematic of an amazing investment they made for me in terms of the generous contributions they made to my college education.
- My mom was able to safely keep this envelope through several house moves. She gave it to me a couple of years ago and I promptly set it on a shelf and forgot about it.
- I might want to stash a couple of treasures for my kids to open in four decades.
I have some remarkable memories of my grandparents and it has been fun to think about them deciding to give me a $2 bill (and presumably my sisters and cousins) and coin. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!