Monday, November 17, 2008

A Fistful of Dollars

Back in 1976, my maternal grandparents gave me for Christmas a $25 U.S. Savings Bond. As I've moved throughout life, the savings bond has traveled with me. It's always kept in one of my keepsake boxes.

From time to time, I get it out to look at. It's just a silly piece of paper, but it reminds me of my grandparents and the lake house.

Of course, the reason they gave it to me was to cash it in one day. Despite this singular fact, I've continued to hold onto it -- Folks with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) tend to cling to or overly identify with objects!

Many people in my position would have held onto the bond until it's maturity date. This could offer an explanation of why I've held it so long. However, that reasoning wouldn't be true because the very idea of a maturity date never occurred to me. In fact, utilizing the government's online bond calculator, I discovered the other day that this bond matured nearly 2 years ago!!

Later today I will finally cash it in. It won't be easy though. While we desperately need the additional $138 in our till -- unfortunately, NOT for dear Scruffy (see below) -- just the idea of parting with this piece of paper will cause me a certain amount of anguish. What I will end up doing is making a photocopy of the bond, so I can keep this in its holder. That way I can still get it out from time to time.

It won't be the same as before, but at least it will feel like a close facsimile. Even the person with AS realizes that desperate times often call for desperate measures.

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