safe deposit

We dug through our safe box, pulling certificates and documents turning over proof that society membership requires. Actions that say to a child, “Take possession, your life is your own to live”, but of course I add “And don’t lose the papers.”

As we searched our box, we rediscovered a stash of savings bonds for each child. Every birthday and holiday my father would gift both children with a small US Savings Bond and over the years both child and bond matured. It makes me smile that Dad, who never saved a dime in his life, who sometimes gambled away his paycheck the day he got it, set aside money that over the years turned to fine gifts for the two girls.

Dad once told me when the girls were infants, “Make sure the girls spend this money on a lark”, and now that is their choice to make.

To me, it speaks of the power of small steps over time.

May you grow in small steady steps.

38 Comments on “safe deposit”

  1. mindfuldiary says:

    Love this story. πŸ™‚ Sometimes small steps are all we can do. I agree it’s the stepping the step and frequency that count. Sounds like a one of kind grandpa to me.

  2. Such a sweet post, thank you.

  3. Lori Lipsky says:

    Loved this life story, Bill. Grandpa did better for his grandkids than for himself. There’s such beauty in that. I love that he gave the kids freedom in how to spend their gift.

  4. Yummygal says:

    Very sweet story!

  5. Chatty Owl says:

    Wow. This is precious.

  6. wisejourney says:

    Small steps over time making a difference…. Like that

    • billgncs says:

      yes, sometimes it’s hard to remember, perhaps a bit like “be-ing” you wrote of today. When we use the moments to live fully, big changes happen over time.

      thanks for stopping by

  7. Eric Alagan says:

    Modern money is someone else’s debt – spend it, I say πŸ™‚

    Nice gift from Grandpa!

  8. You found a very nice thought and gift in your safe box. I like this story, lots! – Resa

  9. Clanmother says:

    Small steps yields big dividends.

    β€œLittle by little, one travels far”
    ― J.R.R. Tolkien

  10. a precious gift πŸ™‚

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