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Grandparent - Keeping in contact #18 - 20150916 - penny for your thoughts #NNI.6196 Exp 09-19
Keeping up with grandchildren
Last week, would you have felt any different if the story’s subject was a 10-year-old girl instead of a boy?

Was it more about judgment or inspiration?

Are you curious about tipping and would you like to know more about it?

Website Link:   www.frtommylane.com/stories/trust/in_God_we_trust.htm
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Several years ago, my friend and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at his employer’s home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss had a fine home on the waterway, and cars which cost more than her house.

The first day and evening went well. Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband’s employer was quite a generous host, and took them to the finest restaurants.

Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so she enjoyed herself immensely.

As the three were about to enter an exclusive restaurant, the boss walked slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking at the sidewalk for what seemed like a very long time.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing there except a single dingy penny someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts.

Silently, he reached down and picked up the penny.

He held it up, smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found some great treasure.

How absurd! What need did he have for a single penny?

Why would he even take time pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She causally mentioned her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if that particular penny had some value.

A smile crept across his face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She’d seen many pennies before! What was his point?

“Look at it,” he said. “Read what it says.”

She read, “United States of America.”

“No, not that; read further.”

“One cent?”

“No, keep reading.”

“In God we Trust?”



“And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin, I notice its inscription. It’s written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to see it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray. I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; do I really trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it’s God’s way to start a conversation with me. God is patient, and, pennies are plentiful!

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped to pick it up and realized I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read those words, “In God We Trust,” and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.

It seems I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful!

And God is patient...

(Unfortunately I do not know the source of this story. If you know please email me so that I can acknowledge.) Source at this link:

Here’s another lesson gleaned from the lowly penny, which is now mostly worthless to the point the US Mint wants to scrap making them. It claims making them costs more than twice their value. Canada already has stopped.

But if you come across a rare, uncirculated “wheat penny” it may be worth $300,000.

But here’s the real lesson...Economics 101.
Incremental change never seems to be a problem because it’s disguised as insignificant. Indiana celebrates its 200th birthday in 2016. Our country from 1776 to today is only 240 years. The penny’s value has become worthless to most folks within just the last 30 or 40. What do you suppose happens when our 100 year old bridges need repair, that cost now adjusted for safe maintenance leaves 2,000 in Indiana neglected, unsafe. Unsafe, each bridge is as worthless as that penny, or worse, dangerous.

The penny post card provided card and stamp when I was young. Postage alone is now 35 cents with no card. Minimum wage increase is no different, regardless of attempted justifications and claims much the same as cost of living increases.

If you want to carry what may be the least intrusive talisman (look it up), consider the penny, what it says.

So keep in mind, when those who appear to be your friends try to encourage you to try something which seems innocent (like smoking*) and not really very risky, your first step may only be halfway across the chasm.

*I think I was a first grader when Joan, Jimmie Fowler, our neighbor, and I, were caught smoking in the backyard shed across the alley. There is a longer version I won’t bore you with.