Ken and Janice Tate

Dear Friends of the Good Old Days,

One of the best sounds of our Good Old Days had to be the clink of coins as they hit the bottom of our piggy banks. With each small but mighty deposit, our dreams of a vital purchase took shape in our imaginations. That hard-earned jingle-jangle meant that popcorn and a movie with friends was going to be a reality on Saturday, or that special blouse would be a part of our wardrobe soon, or a new bike was suddenly within reach. We scrimped and saved and savored the possibilities as our stash of coins grew.

I didn't have a traditional piggy bank as a kid. Whenever I received a windfall of petty cash in a birthday card or for a chore I completed, it went into an old green Avon cold cream jar that was squirrelled away in my top dresser drawer. I figured my three older brothers would never think to look in there if they were ever tempted to "borrow" from me! Plus, the scent of the cream lingered in the jar and, consequently, on the money stored in there.

My brothers' banks weren't standard either. One had a miniature version of a bank vault, complete with a combination lock and a "Savings and Loan" sign on the front of it. Another had a plastic, casket-shaped bank that entertained us to no end. When we placed a coin in the slot, a Dracula hand automatically emerged to drag the coin into the casket. My oldest brother kept his currency in a worn leather wallet that sported a gold chain so he could hook it to his belt loop and ward off any potential pickpockets. It was a hand-me-down from my dad; we all envied it.

Whether or not you had a traditional piggy bank, I'm banking on the notion that you will enjoy each and every story in this issue about earning spending money when we were children. Maybe you'll think back on the days when you hoarded every penny for that special purchase. And maybe, in your mind's eye, you'll even hear that old familiar clink.

'Til next time,

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Mary Beth Weisenburger, Editor

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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