By Grandma Baadsgaard
Happy birthday Logan. I love you oh so much.
When Logan buried a dollar coin in his back yard garden, he didn’t know what would happen. When his father planted peas, peas grew. When his mother planted corn, corn grew. So after he planted the dollar Logan watched and waited. Nothing happened for a long time even though Logan checked the ground every day and kept the dirt moist with his watering can.
Then one morning Logan noticed the ground bulging. The next day the ground cracked and out popped a fountain of pennies. When he gathered them into a pile and counted them, there were 100 pennies.
The following day a shining bush with silver dots on the end of each branch grew in the place where he planted the dollar. The silver dots grew and flattened out until they became nickels. When Logan picked them he counted twenty nickels. The following day Logan noticed a green hedge bordering the garden with four large quarters resting on top. The next day Logan found a tree with two large fifty cent pieces dangling in the highest branches.
Logan gathered all his money and counted his treasure.
“I have so much more than I started with,” Logan said. “This is much more than I need. I think I’ll open a free money store.”
So Logan gathered a card table and a chair. Then he opened a money store in his front yard with a sign that said . . . “Get Your Free Money Here. Price = One Promise.”
When the first children stopped by they noticed Logan had a bowl full of pennies, one for nickels, another for quarters and the last one for fifty cent pieces.
“How much for a penny?” the first child asked.
“If you give me a promise, I will give you three pennies.” Logan answered.
“What is the promise?”
“Just promise me that you will do three things with your pennies,” Logan answered. “Promise me that you will save one, spend one and share one.”
The child promised, took the pennies and skipped back home.
Then another child came by and Logan made the same deal.
Soon everyone in the neighborhood had received a small monetary gift from Logan and had given him a promise in return. Before long Logan noticed that the people in his neighborhood seemed to talk to each other more and helped each other with their yards. He also watched as neighbors secretly dropped off gifts to other neighbors.
One day Logan's younger brother asked, “Why did you give all your money away? You could have been rich.”
Logan took the dollar coin out of his pocket and cupped it in his hand.
“Oh, I’m rich alright – rich with friends. And I still have all I need,” Logan answered. “If I kept planting and sharing, I’ll always have enough.”
The greatest joy in living is always in the giving.