In 1999, when Adam was 5, he and I were shopping at Osco's, a Chicago drugstore chain, and we saw an album for collecting the state quarters, which were just starting to come out. He's always loved coins, so I purchased the album.
Over the years, we've enjoyed collecting the state quarters. It's interesting to see what the states choose to represent themselves. Indiana has the Indy 500 on their quarter. Florida chooses to focus on its prominent role in space exploration as home of Cape Canaveral. Both Ohio and North Carolina claim to be the birthplace of flight-- the Wright Brothers lived in Ohio and built their airplane there, but chose to test their airplane in North Carolina. And somehow, we're missing Vermont, which came out in 2001.
Tonight, on the way to our traditional Chinese buffet, I was telling Adam stories of funny things he said and did when he was little. It was funny-- he didn't remember most of them. Many of them took place when he was 3 or 4, around the time we got the quarter album.
Next year the last of the quarters will come out. The last will be Alaska and Hawaii, which became states in 1959, just two years before I was born. Collecting the quarters will have brought my son from being in Kindergarten to beginning high school. I think I spent five bucks for the album, and will spend, in the end, another $12.50 for the quarters. I consider it money well spent.
Anybody have a Vermont quarter?