Coupon Love

I was up in the attic looking for something and found this little Valentine’s candy box.

I was fuzzy on why I had held onto an empty candy box, but I knew it must contain something special since there was a little tag on the top of the box labeled “Mom.” It was full of coupons, of the homemade variety, made by Youngest Daughter, for me for Mother’s Day.

Looking at the writing, I’m guessing she was about 10 or so. I love the fact that the coupons never expire. The first coupon cracks me up: “I will let you lay out my clothes.” But there’s a caveat with that coupon. This coupon was only usable for one night.

To this day, Youngest Daughter is still very particular about what she wears and “her style.” Through the years of her growing up, she was very partiular about what she wore. Sometimes when we are shopping I’ll show her a dress or some shoes and generally I get this response: “Not my style.”

Also note the coupon for me to redeem that she would make her own lunches for a week. I don’t think I ever redeemed that one, but I do remember making thousands of lunches through the years. Youngest Daughter didn’t like too much variety in her lunch. PB&J, Doritos and a cheese stick. She would buy milk and ice cream at school.

I remember how tired I got of making lunches. I loved the days that the girls circled on the menu what they liked and would eat in the cafeteria. But those days were few and far between. Today, I would jump at the chance to make their lunches. Interesting how something I once got so tired of doing, today would be an honor. Time changes things like that.

I really like the last coupon. It’s blank. I can write my own coupon. I haven’t redeemed that one yet either. But I think I’m going to do so soon.


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