You know I collect postcards. Actually, I collect all kinds of things. Always have. Postcards, Archie comic books, pencils, buttons, thimbles, you name it. I encouraged my children to collect things as well, though I’ve come to realize that I’ve collected their collections now, too.
For instance, I started them each on collecting souvenir pennies from our various vacation spots. Whenever I see a penny machine, I start digging in my purse for change and send them over to pick a pattern, line up the image, and start cranking. Once the flattened penny clinks into the tray at the bottom, I hold out my hand, generously offering to hold their souvenirs in my purse for safekeeping. They always hand them over and then never mention the pennies again. I don’t think either child even knows where “their” collections are stashed.
But I know.
I just added five more pennies from Disney World to the ones from New Orleans, Kennedy Space Center, The Alamo, Chicago, the Cincinnati Zoo, Nashville, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and all the other place
they’ve I’ve been.
I’ll pretend I’m saving them for their children someday. But really, this collection is all mine.
What kind of souvenirs do your children collect on their travels?