Thursday, May 27, 2010

In pennies we trust.

Last week, while I was floundering through the cancer, the death of a beloved friend, and of course the crying I was having a hard time getting up in the morning and getting through the day without a nap. Oh Masters Degree lifestyle how I missed thee!

Days after hearing about He Who Had Cancer, I was walkng to work in my blues, there ain't no sunshine, funk and I spotted a penny lying on the ground. I looked at it and thought, "penny's bring good luck" and then kept walking because um, HELLO pennies just scream dirty. Does anyone else have that feeling when they see that little copper more-expensive-to-make-than-its-worth 1 cent piece. Honestly, WHY does the penny exist? It's one of the top 10 ten things I love about Australia. They don't have a one cent piece. They just round to the nearest 5 cents. it's genius. Down with the penny.

As I was like three steps away from the penny, I turned back to look at the penny...wait a second. I live in AUSTRALIA. It's not common to see pennies lying about like it is America - because I AM IN AUSTRALIA. I turned around and picked up the penny (cringing slightly at how dirty it is) and carried it in my pocket until I got to the office where I set it on my desk. A few hours later, I received an email that reconfirmed what we all hoped. He Who Had Cancer is going to be fine. He'll be cancer free in no time and the doctors suspect he'll stay that way forever.

Perhaps pennies do bring good luck?


  1. Oh! Thank GOODNESS.

    And I think the whole penny thing is beautiful.

    I'd definitely take it as a super happy symbol.

    Beautiful of the highlights of my day.

    Hugs to you and your family.

  2. yay, sounds like a good sign, I'm glad you went back to get it!

    Those 1 cent and 2 cent coins are just a pain really. Mum and Dad commented on it a lot when in France - NZ doesn't even have 5 cent coins anymore!

  3. Oh that is amazing! So glad to hear the good news! :)

    Oh and wen I first read the title of this post, I thought it said, "In Penises We Trust" and was sooo confused, Lol!

  4. I could sure use that penny over here in Colorado, where I am having my own cancer rollercoaster!

  5. I always pick them up and put them in my shoe for luck. I'm glad you picked that one up for sure.

  6. That's such good news!
    I always pick up pennies. I think it's to do with acknowledging that even something of such little value is worth something and worthy of our respect. If we turn our noses up at the smaller things in life, how can we appreciate the bigger things??

  7. That's AMAZING. So happy to hear that He Who Has Cancer is going to be fine, whether it was the Magic of The Penny or not.

    And what Selina said. That. I'm a germaphobe like you wouldn't believe and touching spare change (any, not just pennies) gives me dry heaves and makes me bath myself in anti-bacterial hand wash, but I always pick up pennies anyways.

  8. Hi Deidre. I always pick up pennies and something good usually seems to follow!

    There’s a little something for you over at my blog

    Have a lovely weekend.


  9. That's great news. What a weight off your shoulders.
    Never overlook the significance of a penny :)

    Have a lovely weekend.

  10. Dina - Aw thanks! I am taking it as a super happy symbol.

    Kiwi in france - not even the 5 cent piece! That's crazy talk! Pretty soon you'll just be rounding to the nearest dollar.

    Cammy - HAH. In penises we trust. now everytime I come over here to check comments that's how I read it.

    The Zadge - I am so sorry to hear that, I have to come check out your blog. I've been a very bad bloggy buddy. I could send you the penny if you want it.

    linlah - love it!

    Selina - It is such good news, it is such a relief. And it's totally about appreciating the good things, and recognising the unexpected.

    Kyle - I am not a germaphobe at all - but pennies EEK. I know Selina is a wise chica.

    Tuppence - THANK YOU. YAY!

    DDG - Pennies are quite significant! :)

  11. A healthy dose of clorox and your penny will be fine.
    Sounds like one worth keeping.

    Maybe I should start picking up those funky things.

  12. Your crying is contagious. I think I have it now! I never use to be such a cry baby, and I am not loving this new not so endearing habit of mine!

  13. Oh and so glad to hear about the Cancer being gone! Such great news!

  14. I really enjoyed this post too.

    Although when I first read the title I read it as "In penises we trust" ahha!!

  15. I just read Cammy@ClassroomConfessions comment...great minds!!