In our family, we always give money of the age of the birthday gal or guy.
When my brother turned 59, I was stumped to come up with a creative way to surprise him with his birthday money of $59.
I recently visited him and noticed his house robe needed to be replaced. So I purchased a green (and blue) robe to go with the money theme.
At first, I thought I would place the money in a pocket. Boring! Then it came to me, why not line the inside of the robe with 59 one dollar bills? Now that’s fun!
I laid out the open robe, spread out the dollar bills in even rows, and taped them in place. (Even though the tape worked, I would suggest using safety pins to make sure the bills stay put.)
I folded up the robe and tied the belt. A money robe! You could not see any of the bills since I had placed them below the waistline.
He knew it added up to $59 because that’s what we do but you can see in the picture, he was still surprised and happy with his gift.
I told him his money robe came with a “silver lining!” He thought that was fantastic.
I remember in the 1960s seeing dollar bills with the word “Silver” on them so I researched it. Did you know Silver certificates were issued between 1878 and 1964 in the United States as part of its circulation of paper currency? Your history lesson for the day!
A silver lining is a metaphor for optimism. I’m always optimistic when I have a little extra money in my pocket.