The gift had seemed a strange one at the time, as were the two messages inside it, but she smiled politely and thanked her elderly friend who had been almost like a second grandmother. She remembered seeing the same old empty green jar setting on the counter in Anna’s kitchen.
Although many years had passed, and Anna had long ago left this world, the messages inside the jar lingered in Julie’s heart and mind. Whether she was doing laundry, or pulling out miscellaneous items beneath the sofa cushions, “a penny saved is a penny earned” came to mind.
Once again it was time to take her little nest egg to the bank and she was thankful for Anna’s second admonition of “a place for everything and everything in its place.”
As the teller reached for the jar, she said, “Did you ever consider getting that old jar appraised?”