Have you ever had one of those little moments of luck, finding some money just laying around? Well, I had one of those days this past weekend.
I had just gotten a meal at a Chinese restaurant a few days prior, and at the end of the meal, got the customary fortune cookie. Along with the bill, of course:) Anyway, as I opened the cookie to look at the message, I smiled. Now, I’m not 100% certain what the exact words were, but it said something like:
“You will soon obtain an unexpected fortune”
Yeah, it was just a fortune from a silly fotune cookie, but I got a kick out of it and smiled. Then, subsequently forgot about it a minute later.
Fast forward to a few days later. We had gone to the park, for kids to play. For much of the time, I was following kids from station to station, watching just to make sure all was ok but also following along because I kept hearing “Daddy, watch this!” or “Daddy, check this out!” It was fun, the type of moments that make life so great.
After a while, I felt like sitting down, so I headed to a picnic bench that was about 10 yards away. I figured I could keep an eye on things from there while resting a bit. No worries, right. All is good.
Well, all was not just good – it got really good! As I sat down, I noticed a dollar bill on the ground right behind the bench seat. There was no mistaking this for a wrapper, or any other paper – not to this Squirreler. This was money! Cold, hard cash!
I picked up the bill, and to my pleasant surprise, it wasn’t a dollar. Nope. It was a five dollar bill.
Now, I have to admit, the very first thing I thought of was what this $5 could turn into if I invested it. A little surprising to me now, thinking about it, that this is the first thing that came to mind. But it was. I looked at that $5 and envisioned $10 down the line, after time and compunding take effect! Clearly, I’ve been getting ingrained in personal finance, maybe too much:)
Then, the thought came over me. Most likely, someone dropped this while sitting here. I mean, it’s not like $5 came crashing down from the sky just for me. Somebody left it here, dropping it directly, or maybe it fell out of a purse. Who knows? So, I stayed there at the bench for a little while, watching the kids play. All the while, I was waiting for any grown-ups to come by looking for that $5.
Nobody came by for the next 15 minutes. Nobody was even anywhere near that part of the park, and the people that were on the other side of the park had just gotten there a few minutes ago anyway. I concluded that whoever dropped the $5 bill had left the premises a while ago.
At that point, as we were getting ready to leave, I just figured that I might was well keep it. Besides, didn’t that lucky fortune cookie predict that this would happen? 🙂
My Questions for You:
How often do you actually find bills, instead of coins? For me, it’s usually coins I notice, rarely bills. Same for you?
Ever get a fortune, from a fortune cookie, that you got a kick out of?