This is the story of a one dollar bill. In most respects it is a perfectly ordinary Series 2003 Federal Reserve Note; issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Texas.
Not new, still reasonably crisp, I took it out of circulation some years ago and stuck it in the shade of my desk lamp.
I don’t remember how I came to remark on the bill. It was just a buck in my wallet and I must have taken it out, along with some others, to buy something. I don’t remember for what or where—coffee maybe?
I don’t normally study the paper money I spend. I mean it’s green, I check a denomination, and hand it over to its new home in somebody’s cash register.
But something about this bill caught my eye. Something was written in the margins on the back side; something that made me put it in a pocket where it would not be spent, and save it.
On the top margin was written: “Our Wedding Day April 17, 2004.” On the bottom margin, framed by delicately drawn hearts, was “Always and Forever.”
I’ve celebrated this anniversary in print for as long as I’ve had this announcement. I wish the couple well…always and forever.