Just like Dad

October 27, 2008


I went downtown this afternoon for a bit.  My kids are interested in money (who isn’t?), so I went to the bank to get some ‘samples’ and one of those quarter-collecting books, and then over to our local thrift store to see if they had any money-related items.  I passed over a weird tiny vending machine and a scary ceramic piggy bank shaped like a cat (catty-bank?), but I did get this.

Just ten cents!

A coin purse!  Sure, I’ll let the kids play with it for a while, but then this baby’s all mine.  Did your dad keep one of these in his pocket?  (Dad, do you still have yours?)  Lloyd and I have laughed before that our memories of our father’s pocket contents are exactly the same: a coin purse, keys, a nail clipper, a pocketknife and a chapstick.

Plus, it makes an awesome, slightly creepy eyeless puppet.


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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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19 Responses to “Just like Dad”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Our dad had one of those, but I don’t remember what else he kept in his pockets. I used his as both an eyeless puppet, and a spaceship docking station that flying saucers used.


  2. Deanne Said on:

    I think I had one of those. And my grandparents… lots of folks, really. But my dad had this cool accordion-thingie for change. Like this one: http://www.brandsonsale.com/ync-92808.html


  3. Beth Said on:

    DID our Dad have one? Heh. He still DOES!


  4. Lauren'sdad Said on:

    Yep, I STILL have one, probably not the same one I had before you left for college. It’s deteriorating, but then so are the coins of the land. I most likely don’t have a like-new one in a drawer somewhere. But the way things are going, one won’t be needed.


    • Lauren Said on:

      Yay! What I really need is your awesome bank that looks like a cash register. Another of my favorite childhood memories. (It only opened when you reached $10.)


  5. Lauren'sdad Said on:

    That was to keep children out of it. It can be cracked another way.


    • Lauren Said on:

      What!?!? All those wasted years trying to pry that little door open but being afraid I’d bend it were for not? (naught?) (I didn’t want the money, I just had to see inside.)


  6. Peggy Said on:

    My dad didn’t have any pockets…


  7. Curt Said on:

    I still have mine from when I was a kid. It is red and has Concordia Bank on it. I store my old wheat pennies in it now.


    • Peggy Said on:

      Happy Birthday Curt!! Have a great day!!!

      Buy yourself some expensive pants…or a bank!


      • Curt Said on:

        Thanks Peggy!! Nah, expensive pants are a waste on me. Buying a bank is a good idea. Some are selling pennies on the dollar. I can’t wait to go home and get out my penny jar.


  8. Rae Said on:

    My dad had one of these too! His was dark green and had a round hole on the back side (about the size of a pencil eraser). He hung it on a little hook in the car right next to his inconspicuous little cross. Maybe that was a sign to anyone thinking of taking his coins. 🙂 I know the little cross still resides in his vehicle, but I haven’t seen the other in quite some time.


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