One day when Zoey was very little, probably younger than 2, Tony and I were watching her at our house. She had on tiny jeans with lots of pockets, and Tony was entertaining her by placing little bits of crumpled paper into her pockets. Zoey was delighted to have something in each pocket. Later on, this evolved into small rocks when we were outside playing. Jenni was not amused at finding stones in her child's clothing! So Tony decided to start a tradition with our grandchildren. He went to the bank and purchased a roll of shiny "gold" dollar coins. Every time a grandchild would visit Grammy and Papa, he/she would receive a gold coin to take home. This worked out pretty well when we had only one grandchild, and even once Leo was born. It started getting a little more painful (!!) when Ruby came along, and now that we have 2 new granddaughters, Tony laments that he should have started with shiny new pennies instead of dollars. But the kids love the tradition, and they all have special banks at home exclusively for their gold coins. Not only are we making memories with the coins, but we also hope to be helping with future college expenses. It's a win-win for all!!
A sample gold dollar coin
Leo selecting a gold coin for himself and his sister.
This is Etta's special piggy bank for her gold coins--sparkly gold, of course!!
"Don't you even think about taking this coin away from me!!"
Maggie hasn't been to our house for a visit yet, so next time the girls come over I'll post pictures of them with their coins, too.
UPDATE: As promised, here are pictures of the Cribblets and their coins from 2-23-11.
Zoey is quite the experienced coin selector.
Maggie definitely shows promise, although it looks as though she's thinking, "Now what am I supposed to do with this hard round thing?"