So there I was, at Gam and Bucka's (gramma and grampa to us) house. 1975. Nothing to do while my brother was playing catch with Bucka outside. Gam feeling like she needed to do something other than feed me again got out her change purse. She asked me to separate out the pennies for her. When I did that I noticed the backs on some were different. A few canadian bird pennies were mixed in with wheat's and lincoln memorials. It triggered me to separate them by dates, and I noticed the mint marks. So I separated them by date and mint mark. She noticed my interest spiking as I played with them. I asked if she had any more I could go through... (if you are a collector you know where it went from there...lol).A year later she took me to the local mall, a coin show!!!!???? I had never dreamed there was such a thing!I was lost in awe of all of the booths and coins. One elderly gentleman saw the sparkle in me eyes and asked me if I wanted to see a 250.00 penny. "OF COURSE I DO", was my reply. He was a burly gray and white bearded older man who would have maybe intimidated the masses at the time. His giant hands reached into a book he had under glass and pulled out something called a 1909-S VDB. Shiney new looking yet is was 67 years old. I didn't know the reasons it was worth more money, I didn't care. I knew I was on the right path and had chosen a hobby that suited my goals in life. He told me he bought that penny from his quitting smoking. He saved all the money he would have spent smoking and bought coins.He told me I could buy a lot more coins than he had if I never smoked.Well one day I did smoke. Do you think that ever left my mind in my years of collecting? No, it didn't. His face stuck with me. I knew my collection was suffering. So I only smoked for about 4 years and I quit. I have followed his advice. I don't think he realized how much cigarettes would end up costing, or did he?.Moral of the story, as a collector, we can change the lives of the young ones with our words, our reasons, our willingness to share our experiences.Thanks Gam, thanks unknown collector.By the way that VDB is probably worth 4 grand today.