When I was in ninth grade, I had a geography teacher named Miss Fanti. She liked to make money on the backs of the freshmen by selling maps. If you lost your map or made a mistake on it, she would sell you another one for a nickel.
I often lost my maps and found myself buying maps almost weekly. Miss Fanti had about 180 students so if even half of us bought maps from her, she was making a pretty penny (or nickel).
I made reference to her collection of nickels to my Dad and found out that she was a client of his. I asked if she paid his bill in nickels and he told me he thought she did have a big bag filled with nickels when she came in.
We sure got a good laugh out of that story! Later when I told the story to Mother, she had her usual reaction and said,
You know money doesn’t grow on trees! You better find those maps and hang onto to them. I am not spending any more money on maps for you!
Wow, I thought. What a buzz-kill!