Imagine an orchestra where the players are performing for the love of it versus a paycheck. The music is heavenly…
That is a good analogy for today’s event at school. It was a “Welcome Fair” designed to greet new Engineering students, highlight the activities of 30 Engineering clubs, and strengthen the bonds both within and between groups. Players such as the race car teams, the honor societies, the special focus groups, the department secretaries, the data and computer specialists, the faculty and others all played together beautifully. There were even some “young and fresh talented artists” who performed some very intricate and complex parts. (Very proud of “my kids” - can you tell?)
I was not even thinking of Penny Finding. Figured I would have to deal with that on the way home tonight. In the middle of these hundreds of people, one of the Check In persons whispered to me, “Is that a penny under a co-worker over there?” YES!!!! So I said, “Excuse me, I’d like to retrieve the penny you are standing on”. Then a short time later when I returned to the area, another one of the Check In ladies said, “There is a penny under the chair of another co-worker”. As I bent to get that penny, another lady said, “There is another penny to your right as well! Mushroom pennies? There was a bit of a Cheer and lots of smiles. A bit of silliness and JOY Shared.
This morning when I left, Doc said, “Try and take it easy on that leg which has been hurting you. Sure! And conduct a major event for 700+ guests. Over 15,500 steps today. Living on adrenaline, Smiles and JOY!!! … and maybe an ice pack once I finish writing today’s Tale.
For the first 100 Consecutive Days of this Penny Finding saga(?) Doc was a fairly passive partner. Now he is active every day! Some times it’s fun, but sometimes it’s a bit irritating. I could be done with today’s Finding Story, but since “we are one” and he is “my other half”, he feels his Finds should count too! (Then shouldn’t he write his own portion of the Tale instead of just telling me and then going off to watch TV)?
This morning long after I went to work, Doc FINALLY got up. J (I can say all sorts of things if I’m doing the writing here). On his way to work he cruised through Starbucks and found two dirt pennies in the planter and three more pennies at the drive through window.
As we were caravaning home from work around 9 p.m. Doc detoured through McDonalds for his dinner. He arrived home with a dime, a quarter and his burgers. (More for me to write about!)
Penny Fever is spreading. I was in the elevator today when a Professor said, “Found two dimes by my car in the parking lot”. Reminder of you and “In God We Trust”. Shared JOY. I can’t tell you how much the smiles are needed around campus right now. With budget cuts, furlough days, pay cuts, key people leaving, shortages of classes, etc. those smiles are fuel for the soul.
Lesson: Gratefulness. To be surrounded by and working with a Winning Team!
Today’s Total: 10 coins P (8), N (0), D (1), Q (1) = $0.43