I went to a local bookstore recently to redeem some old gift certificates that I had found while cleaning my room. I felt a little guilty that I wasn't going to be spending much money, but I think I've done my part lately to support the economy. ;)
The gift certificates I'm talking about are not the modern plastic card with the bar code, which you can use to buy things online. This was a calligraphed form on regular cardstock.
As I handed over the gift certificates, the clerk looked closely at one of them and asked,"Have you had this awhile?"
"Yeah," I said. "You don't make them like that anymore?"
"It's just that it's the handwriting of the original founder, who died in 2001." He nudged the other clerk who had also worked there for several years.
"Wow, look at that, " she murmured, shaking her head. They both paused in remembrance of their friend who had passed.
I got a few cents in change back, so I hadn't given them much business. But it was a noteworthy visit, nonetheless.