- 6/ 3/ 2005 <--Prev : Next-->
When Mom died, I inherited from her the "Milk Money" jar....
A sturdy jar, embossed with pretty little flowers, and with a wide
mouth, that sat on the kitchen shelf. In it was deposited all the
"shrapnel" as HeeHoo began to call it upon entering into our marriage
All the cent pieces, the five cent, ten and twenty cent pieces, even
the coveted one and two dollar coins were all tossed into the "Milk
Money" jar!! Then horrors, the two-tone FIVE dollar coins were not
Now a pint of milk, when I was a blushing young bride, delivered at
dawn to the doorstep, probably cost 25 cents, today we have to fork
out, wait for it, ZIM$3400.00 for a pint !
As prices crept higher and higher, (then they started galloping higher
and higher,) the "Milk Money" jar was raided more and more frequently
and suddenly the coins were of no use at all, we found we needed notes
to pay for the milk.
Today I perused with some amusement through that vintage "Milk Money"
jar. It was stacked high with coins that no one ever uses, it was
overflowing with ten, twenty, fifty, one hundred dollar and five
hundred dollar notes that no one now uses.
Today I need nearly $200,000.00 a month to pay for our milk
consumption, and I have no hungry little mouths to feed. (Except for
HeeHoo of course who is only allowed a pint of milk on Sunday nights !!
The irony of it all came to a head last week when an article appeared
in the newspaper, quoting a spokesman from the official Zimbabwe Mint
as saying that all persons in the country should be encouraged, indeed,
should be forced, to use coins, so that the Mint could stay in business
Now I ask you with tears in my eyes, what can one buy with a coin in
Zimbabwe ? A box of matches costs Zim$300. There are 45 matches in a
box, therefore one single match costs $6.66 recurring !! What on earth
would one carry coins around with one, if a single match costs $6.00 !!
Now I find I am throwing even my filthy dirty five and ten thousand
dollar notes into the "Milk Money" jar !! (My Dear Departed Mom would
be quivering with rage by now I can just see it !!)
And so when a Zimbabwe housewife sallies forth to do her weekly grocery
shopping, she has to take a portmanteau with her to carry the money. I
have not used my purse in years !! Far too small !! And who can fit a
million dollars a week into a purse after all !!
THE SADDEST THING IS THAT....MOST ZIMBABWE HOUSEWIVES DO NOT HAVE
ANYTHING EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE TO A MILLION DOLLARS.....MOST ZIMBABWE
HOUSEWIVES PROBABLY STRUGGLE TO FIND ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY THEIR FAMILIES
A LOAF OF BREAD EVERY DAY !!!
AND THE WORLD JUST STANDS BY AND WATCHES ......