22 March 2007

Twelve Years Later

While Ross was out sick last week, his class read The Witches, by Roald Dahl, and they also saw the movie. Today, Ross had trouble with a comparative writing assignment because he'd missed most of the book and movie he was supposed to be writing about. I was about to send Chris out to the library when he remembered we have a copy of the book and, despite the fact that 90% of our books are still in boxes three years after we moved, I was able to locate this one in under five minutes. I handed it over to Ross, who dutifully camped in a big chair and began to read.

About four pages in, a funny looking slip of paper fell out. Ross studied it for a minute, then handed it over for interpretation. It was a check for $39.38, from our landlord in Brooklyn dated 9-15-1995. 1995! $40! I would be happy to find $40 today...but back then $40 was half our savings account. I can't imagine how we failed to cash it. I also can't imagine how it got into a book that I've never read, but that's something else altogether. Bits of our life since 1995 flashed through my head and, by the time I'd crossed the room (a marriage, two houses, two kids, two cars, and two cats later) to Chris, the thrill of "found money" had worn off and reality had set in. I smiled, though, as Chris lit up, "Think we can cash it?"

"I sort of doubt it," I said. "
Twelve years aside, there might be a problem with the bank." I thrust the check farther forward a bit and pointed at the lower left corner, indicating the World Trade Center address. A lot has changed in the world these last twelve years...and not just because Chris and I went and had some kids.

7 comments:

Grandmoo said...

I'd still try to cash it...ya never know! Hope Ross enjoys the book. Glad he's feeling better. Hugs to all!

OMSH said...

Boy can I relate. Here and there we still have moment where $40 can make or break us.

Some things never change.

sister k said...

well, that can go with those stories of people finding lost wallets of over a million years, etc...lol! i'd either a. try to cash it, or b. sell it on ebay for a cost greater than the check itself (hey, 12 yrs. of interest on $40...if you don't want it, i know some great places it could go! :)

karen said...

I can't cash it - it's made out to my maiden name.

Navilyn said...

It always amazes me how things show up when you're NOT looking for it...

Do you even reccall getting the cheque? Then again, it was 12 years ago, :)

Grandmoo said...

I'm pretty sure you're still always legal to use your maiden name... bring along the marriage certificate and a picture of you in 1995, or call the landlord and as them to reissue (he might!).

Spice Girl said...

While $40 is always welcome, I think the value of the check as reminder of what has transpired in the past 12 years is much more valuable. I'd keep it.

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