In March 2008 I began Finding Pennies. In December 2008 I began sharing these "Penny Tales" with a few close friends. They encouraged me to blog the Penny Tales such that more people could enjoy the Adventures with Penny Angels.

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Joyfully, Tina

Friday, October 30, 2009

Day #315 - Putting Theory into Practice

We were traveling from Pomona to Vegas for our L.O.V.E. weekend. I knew I needed to find a penny before arrival at our destination, because once there, I might not leave the house until Sunday.

L.O.V.E. Weekend. Sound interesting?

L.O.V.E. = Laughing Over Virtually Everything.

We do work exchange weekends with another couple. Once a year at their house, then once a year at our house.

Doc and I found one penny at Stateline around 1:30 AM at Terrible’s Gas Stop. That place was huge. Looked inside the station and at the Starbucks. Walked by approximately 30 gas pumps. Was about to give up and get in the van when I spotted the day’s penny. A bright, shiny new Lincoln log cabin penny. Yippee! Coin for today. (Coin #1)

We arrived at 2 AM to the greetings of four toy poodles. My favorite one is Penny. (There are also Cash, Missy and Angel). We intended to get just a short rest, but ended up sleeping for 7 hours! Jim had to go to work for the day, but the rest of us did small tasks like connecting the dishwasher, installing a new door bell, etc. When Jim returned home, we got down to serious work.

Charlene has been faithfully reading Penny Tales for the past 18 months. In that time she has only Found one penny! I was determined to have her learn to Find this weekend! We were treated to a wonderful Korean dinner then the four of us made a late-night Home Depot run for supplies and Penny Finding.

There was a penny at the service counter as we walked in. (Penny #2). Jim and Charlene did not see the coin even after I pointed it out to them.

Lesson: Not everyone sees things the same way. What might be so obvious to one person, may be invisible to another.

The men took over an hour to design their electrical system and get parts. Charlene and I must have walked that entire Home Depot 5-6 times. I even went outside to search. Finally, as Charlene was making a purchase in the tool crib area, there was a penny. (Coin #3). She was learning.


Reflections: You can read recipe books for cooking, but until you get out the pots and pans and start assembling the ingredients, you don’t really “get it”. And if you share that meal with someone, the experience is even more enriching.

Same thing with Penny Finding. Reading the Penny Tales is one thing. Finding your own coin, “gleaning” a lesson or message from it, and then possibly sharing your experience with someone else, will generate such a totally different experience for you.

Today’s Total: 3 coins P (3) = $0.03

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