Since my early age, I have always had a piggy bank. My parents made adding to the piggy bank a weekly ritual, especially after I began to receive an allowance. I don’t remember to have ever spent it all, as I always tried to dedicate one portion of it to my piggy bank. I still keep fond memories of stashing away coins in it.
As I grew up and opened a bank account, my piggy bank never took a back seat but changed of shape, from pig to kitten. Yes, that’s what I have on one of the bookcases in my office room. It’s as much decorative as it’s practical. It’s made of white ceramic, with a very pale pink colour on the cheeks, ears and paws. The face is emphasized by a vibrant red tongue, while the tip of the tail is tilted to the right. The coin slot is located on the top of the kitten’s body whereas a rubber plug is found underneath for an easy removal of ‘hard earned’ coins’.
It’s a fat kitten, which means once full of coins, it becomes somehow valuable and pretty heavy – the equivalent to US$ 1,100, approximately. It takes about one year long to get it full. I tell you how I feed him: whenever I happen to get €2.0 coins (equivalent to US$2.87) – almost every day – I always try not to use these but drop them into the kitten bank. As I do it, the kitten gives me the illusion that he wails his tail with contentment.
You may be wondering what I do after getting the kitten full up. I remove all the coins and take them to the bank. The amount will be exclusively spent on trifles, souvenirs, etc., during my trips outside Portugal.
Just one more thing… when I have to contemplate a gift for a special baby, child or teen, I normally consider a piggy bank, not sophisticated but a conventional one… It’s a fun, yet meaningful gift that actually can give back… if used correctly! ©Belita