I am behind those coins. My jar was much bigger and the coins were large denomination Colones and it took me almost a year to fill it. Wanted to save for a getaway SOMEWHERE. Well, You can't go very far on a little more than $200.00 so I bought a professional set of studio headphones and installed an external hard drive.
I just wanted to get away from Rio Claro for awhile.
I had a jar of coins placed in the bottom cupboard as a child.
I wanted to move away from Ohio to Arizona where it was warm
because our old farmhouse was very cold.
I collected long neck brown Buckeye beer bottles and soda pop bottles and saved the money.
I picked red raspberries by standing on an old galvanized pail because I was too small to
reach the tops of the bushes then I sold them to neighbors for twenty five cents a basket.
Old lady Dolan complained to my Ma that I stuffed paper in the bottom of the basket and
cheated her...but I explained to Ma that it was just a small sheet of papers that I placed
there so the berries would not fall out the basket. this was the time before paper towels
or green plastic berry baskets. I saved this money also.
One day I came home from school and saw I had no coins in the jar.
I asked Ma and she said she took it for food.
Both my parents worked and I thought it unfair that my saved money
was used without my permission ...I would have given it to them if they had asked...
I never saved money from that day on unless I hid it outside buried under a rock.
I would count the total of the coins and place the paper in the bottom of the jar until the next time I added money.
That hit home for me
i did almost the same thing
three years ago
only I saved monies in the bank
and the "kids" were one handicap daughter, a yowling cat in a cage and a 79 pound dog
no stopping for ice cream for this gal that power drove with minimum stops..no foods
except a bag of apples.but I got to Pendleton Or , found a hotel with casino ( they have great food)
told the owners of my situation and we got food and rest until i got to Nevada next day..
no more memories of those 3 days
i loved your story
great for you Scott
I think we all have
a jar of coins
at least one time in our lives
how wonderful a trip that was for everyone