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Senior Moments: Dreams and money legends

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, June 25, 2020

Most of us seniors remember how, as children, we relied on our piggy banks for much-needed funds, such as when the ice cream truck musically appeared.

Instead of opening the plug on the bottom, I remember taking a table knife and capturing coins through the slit.

In the middle ages, money jars made of orange clay became known as "pygg pots." In the 19th century, English potters were encouraged to make the jars into pig shapes, birthing the “piggy bank” we have to this day.

Animals have played a part in money matters of other types. To name a few, there are the bear markets and bull markets. A bear attacks its prey by swiping its paws downward and the bull attacks by thrusting its horns upward.

So when the index goes down -- even by just 20 percent -- it is a bear market and the opposite is a bull market.

In Japanese and Italian culture, there is the “beckoning cat,” a good luck charm. In Chinese symbolism, it’s thought having a fish tank in your home will bring money into your life.

In Portugal, Australia and Trinidad, there is the "money spider,” thought to bring money into the life of someone who gets one caught in their hair. According to Feng Shui beliefs, frogs are associated with money and wealth, which followed a legend about a greedy wife who was turned into a frog for stealing.

I suspect our Warrenton library has books with interesting stories about such animal legends. It’s so nice to have the library open so many more hours now.

Talking about books makes me think of one of our former Hammond school teachers, Winnie Ledford, who went to be with the Lord early this week. She taught at North Coast Christian School (now Anchor Christian Academy) for several years. In fact, she was my granddaughter’s first-grade teacher in 1996.

That granddaughter is now married, and she and her husband have three children. She is a teacher herself. “Mrs. Ledford was always super happy and sweet and super patient with us kids,” she said.

Many of us seniors got to know Winnie well. For many years, she was a regular attendee at our Warrenton senior mealsite after retiring from teaching.

When she was no longer able to drive, she took the bus to lunch and her patience showed when the bus was later than usual sometimes. I liked to sit on the bench outside the center and visit with her, as did others.

She never complained about having to wait. She would say, "I don't have anything else to do, so it’s OK."

And one last thought on piggy bank theology for seniors: C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”


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