So our lowest official currency is now the 5 cent coin.
Nearly three years ago, David (youngest son) and Pam, visited us before Christmas with the two little ones. Two-year-old Timmy was concerned to find that the white box outside our front door was empty. At home, he posts money regularily through the slot in his money box. Poor Granny and Grandpa didn't have any money in their box!
Of course, the white box is actually a post box, but he didn't get that. The box has a slot. And boxes with slots are supposed to get money posted in them. So he trotted inside to Daddy and came out with a 5 cent coin, which he put into our "money box".
Daddy drew the line when the child returned to ask for coins to put in all the post boxes along the road "'cos they're empty too".
So why am I telling you this? Because nearly two years later, that 5 cent coin still lies on the bottom of the box. In South Africa -- where nothing is safe if it's not bolted to the ground -- no one has bothered to steal it. It's only 5 cents. It's worthless.
Or is it?
Yesterday in my Quiet Time, I read of a couple who decided to be proactive over their high-school daughter's future wedding dress. They and a few friends saved their pennies, rolled them into paper wrappers, and stored them away in a secret hiding place.
Years later, their daughter announced her engagement. With a local photographer and newspaper writer standing by, the couple used a wheelbarrow to roll the money to the bank. They bought the dream wedding dress with pennies.
Rob & I have a dream. We want to go and visit our daughter and family far away in Eurasia. So we've decided to follow this creative couple's idea, and we're going to collect our 5 cent pieces. We don't plan on hording them until we need a wheelbarrow though. We'll deposit each month into a special account and see how much it amounts to. It'll be fun. And you never know . . .
So here's a challenge for you. In these tough economic times, why don't you join me in this venture? Set yourself a goal, and start storing up your lowest value coin. See how it mounts up. You never know. It might not buy a wedding dress or take you half way across the world -- but you might be surprised.
Please comment on this post by telling me what you're going to do with your cents/pennies. Let's lighten our purses and increase the balances in our money boxes. I'd love to know what ideas you come up with. And feel free to report back and let us know how it's going.
P.S. The first 5 cent coin in our collection is the one donated by two-year-old Timmy.