Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Penny

I wonder if it pleases anyone else when they find a penny? I guess it pleased me this afternoon and made me smile because of all that has been happening over the last 2 weeks.

I was anxiously awaiting my sons arrival from far away. My oldest daughter was having serious back problems, my Sadie over a period of 5 days became very sick and died. Then my sister had knee replacement and passed away. Also over the last week heard that a dear friends young daughter was once again on chemo for cancer.

Add to that problems with phone company over new service that became a nightmare. Talking to 8 different customer service people that each one told me something diffierent.
A free cell phone had been sent to me and then a bill arrived for 4 times what it should have been. I was told that I was sent the phone in error and to return the phone. No sooner had I returned the phone then I received a call, that I had been told that in error and they were sending me another phone. All of this going on when I needed the phone because of travel.

My children look at me with wondering eyes that seem to say, I take things too seriously and get emotional over small matters. This seems to happen more and more as time goes on. I want so to be calm. But at times I do not do too well.
My soninlaws mother wrote and said I was strong and I could handle all of this. I replied that I felt like running away.
So with all of this going on - when I left the phone store and started to open my car door - there it was a penny lying on the pavement in front of my car door.

I smiled a big smile for the first time in days. I thought my childish thought "this means I am going to have good luck". Send it my way, I want it!!!

So when I find penny's they have always made me smile but this special penny was like a gift to me. It lifted my spirit.

My mother kept a jar where she placed her found money. Penny's, nickels, quarters and even some more impressive found money. About 30 years ago I started doing this. So my penny was dropped in that special jar.

I remember when my little granddaughter was visiting one time and spotted this jar she replied "what's that jar grandma". I told her it was my found money. She seemed impressed.

I surely know that this entry will impress no one. But finding the penny this afternoon made me smile and I surely needed the uplifting sign. Guess it does not take much to make this One Woman smile.
The Rainbows of Life Follow the Storm


Jessi Cotterill said...

Welcome home Ernestine!

You found a penny and I found a dog. The penny made you smile and the dog made me smile. Yes...they lifted our spirits, somehow.

See its picture in my blog.


Beverly said...

So glad you found the is little things like this that change our days from gloomy to happy. Hope it continues.

I hope your days are better.

Gail said...


What I like about your post is your authenticity! We all need to find 'our pennies' to connect with the happier and hopeful child within us.


Maree said...

Both my 3 year old grandchildren giggle with delight whenever they find a coin. Must find pleasure in the little things more, ...loved your post!

clown princess said...

I'm so sorry to hear of all that has transpired. Losing those we love, whether two legged or four legged is never easy. Peace be with you and may you find many more pennies.

lilalia said...

Do people think that just because we are growing older and illness and death is more common in our lives that there will be a brevity in our period of sadness? Of course, you are feeling the way you are. It doesn't need any explanation. And your family and friends certainly shouldn't require any reminder. The penny is the tooth fairy's way of saying you'll be just fine.

Tabor said...

You have had to shoulder a lot of bad news this past month and I think being down is a perfectly healthy attitude! I am so sorry that all of this happened at once as that does make it harder to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I could send you a whole bag of change to sprinkle on your driveway as I have tons in my laundry room that fall out of my husbands pants when they go through the dryer ;-)

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MsGraysea said...

Welcome back, Ernestine,
What a lovely post, best of all is that you "saw" the penny, and saw its value. You were rewarded with a smile and you shared it with all of us, causing smiles all around! Thank you!
PS The hankerchief is lovely, too.

Judy said...

Hi Ernestine. So glad you are back and found a penny. My mother used to say, find a penny, pick it up, and all day long, you'll have good luck. To this day, I get excited over finding a penny especially if it is heads up which means even more luck. I love this post. I hope it brings you lots of luck.

Nan said...

I think that when things have been really bad and sad in our lives, the little things become impossible to deal with. Maybe this is part of the post-traumatic-stress thing. You can't be light hearted when you've been dealing with tough things. And your post 'impressed' me very much!