Sunday, November 25, 2007

Collecting State Quarters. It Is All Good

For some reason, I have a few things I enjoy that my friends make fun of. It is as if they are secretly laughing at me or making fun of me. OK, my true friends actually make fun of me to my face, and I am looking into getting some new friends, but until then, I just figure that as long as I enjoy what I do, it is all good; laugh away, friends, laugh away. One of the things that I get all excited about that they just don't get, is, I collect State Quarters.

In America, we have 50 states. In 1999, the coin maker people decided to put out five different state quarters each year for ten years, which would make for 50 quarters, one for every state. The quarters come out in order that each state became a state and each quarter has a different picture on the back of it; something that represents the individual state. Did you get all that? If not, go back and read it again and I will wait.

Waiting...

OK, glad you are back. I have been collecting these quarters since the beginning; I even have a map that is pre-printed and has holes cut out so you can put the quarters in the little circles. Such fun! I get so happy putting the quarters by their state, it is like a puzzle, a ten year puzzle, but nonetheless, a puzzle.

I still remember my first quarter way back in 1999, I was at a fast food restaurant and I got a quarter back in change. It wasn't just any old quarter, oh no, it was a neewwwwww one. Ooooh, it was so pretty and shiny! I wanted to find more and I realized that I only had 49 more to go and someday I would have them all! (Insert evil bad guy laugh)

As of today, I only have seven more I need to find, and five of those won't be out until next year. Today, as I was at a quick mart, I got one of the three remaining ones I still need for this year. I looked at my change and let out a whoohoo! The lady behind the counter looked up from her magazine and asked if everything was OK. I told her it was better than OK, it was great-I had another quarter! Yes, one does get used to strangers rolling their eyes. Pretty soon, one barely notices it. Now, I am going to go put the new quarter in its little place on the map. Only seven more to go! Whoohoo! Oh, it is ok to laugh, like I said, it is all good. I am happy, you are happy, and I only have seven more to go. It is all good.
(c) 2007 Cindy Breninger All Rights Reserved.

9 comments:

Kitty said...

If it makes you happy then that's all the justification you need (ok, that should read 'if it makes you happy and it's legal'). Hope you find the missing quarters! :-) x

Carol said...

They are works of art IMHO and there is nothing wrong with being patriotic - loving your country in this way. We collect them too!

Zoe said...

what ever works for ya girl. my son used to be in to quarters...until he discoverd $20's *sigh*

Michelle Hix said...

Which two released quarters are you missing?

Rose said...

My son collects coins. Nothing wrong with collecting quarters.

Amy said...

i don't think you're weird at all. my husband and son collect t hem as well.

Stephen said...

Cool! Congrats!

Moody said...

Hubby has the same state quarter thingy and is so proud of his quarters. I figure it's ok, someday when I need a quick $12.50 I know where to look!

Karl Rove said...

Hey Stephen - you look a little bit like Sylar from Heroes!