Usually when people go on vacation they bring back souvenirs. My buddy Dan went on holiday to Turkey and brought back actual cash money. I wasn't sure what to think at first.
I started off with a thank you and then started thinking if this was a nudge that I too should visit Turkey myself. Either way I wasn't quite sure what do with the Turkish Lira. My friend wrapped up his visit I though heavily about that do with my new gift. I talked to my wife about it and she came up with a brilliant idea.
She suggested I use the gift like any other sensible human being would do. So I decided to find a currency exchange place that would give me U.S. dollars. I traveled all the way to the Foreign Currency Exchange in Hollywood. It was a 15 minute drive, but well worth it. I exchanged almost all of the Turkish Lira.
I kept some in the case I don't make it to Turkey. The rest of the cash I kept and went shopping. My friend Dan had a birthday coming up so I figured I'd return the cash as a gift.
I felt so much better about it all. I felt a little strange keeping all the cash he gave me. I prefer the gift of giving.
Mason is trying to get his hands on some ancient coins for his new coin collection. I feel like this will be hard work ahead for him, but it's a good project to learn about trading and the value of things.
When I was younger, my mom would always say count your pennies. I never did because everything I wanted costed much more than my collection of pennies. I had piles of pennies. And those piles never added up to much.