Week Thirty-seven: Amanda Kasper

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What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

I started working when I was just thirteen. I began teaching Sunday school as an aid to the second grade teacher, shortly after I was Bat Mitzvahed. I think I made $15/class, for three classes each Sunday. Shortly after I turned 15, I got a job with a family owned jewelry store. I used to ice skate with the youngest daughter, and her dad hired me on good faith since I was so young.

My first day of work was 2-2-2002, and I started at $6.25 an hour. I worked 15-30 hours a week through my sophomore, junior and senior years of high school (by then I had gotten a small raise), and continued to put in hours over the holidays when I came home from college.

I can’t remember the exact first thing I bought with my own money, but I remember the first thing I bought for someone else. For mothers day, in 2002, I saved enough money to buy my mom a necklace with a small diamond in it from the store I was working at. I’ll never forget her face when she opened the box. It’s been more than a decade since I purchased that present for her, but she still wears it around her neck a good majority of the time.

To me, it signifies how close we are, how close we were, and everything we went through in between.

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Amanda Kasper is a writer, reader, quote lover, CASA advocate, and non-profit believer, seeking space as a lifelong learner, passionate lover, and irreplaceable friend. Amanda tweets at @AKasper513 and blogs over at “& this I believe”

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