Money is a stressful topic, don't you think? I miss the childhood days of playing Monopoly when I had stacks of bills fanned out in my hands, and I've always been jealous of Scrooge McDuck. The thing is it seems nearly impossible to afford life and go to school, even with a full-time income. I know I'm not the only person who feels this way. Life is expensive! To our relief, we've paid for my first year of grad school without taking out a loan, so it's been interest-free so far. We do our best to live inside our means with no debt. I am grateful for what we have. We can live a comfortable life, buy healthy food, have two cats, and dine out.
But that doesn't mean I still don't look at our bills and think, "Damn, how are we so expensive?!" (Anyone else?)
Recently, my dad mentioned that he invested in bonds for me when I was a baby, and as my luck would have it, they have fully matured. Perfect timing! I remember seeing those bonds in my parents' office when I was a kid. It looked like play money with my name printed on it. The excitement was fleeting, because my mom explained that I couldn't have it until I was much older, and I had forgotten about it until now. They are worth a great deal more than those numbers in the top left corner now, and just as my dad had hoped, it's all going toward my education.
Moral #1: My parents are awesome. (This is such a great "gift"! Thank you, Dad and Mom!)
Moral #2: Receiving bonds is very exciting for an adult.