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Guest Blog:
Oreos – A New Currency

By Annie Lehmann

Jonah lumbers in unsteadily, using the tips of his fingers to carry a 32 sports bottle tray of water by its shrink wrap. At first glance he looks like any other six foot two, 29 year old delivery person. But he is accompanied by a woman who prompts him every step of the way.

“Here Jonah,” she says pointing to the space I had cleared in the garage. “Put it here.” It’s a good day and he listens.

I give him a hug, after all I am his mom, and invite him in for the non-monetary tip he knows to expect – Oreos. Cookies. Now that’s a language Jonah understands. READ MORE

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