I FELT A LITTLE SAD this morning when the header on Google reminded me that the official retirement of the Canadian penny starts today February 4, 2013. There are billions still floating around in my world so it will take several years to get them out of circulation.
My mom used to save coins that would soon be extinct and now here am I starting to save the little pennies that land in my change purse and pocket. I used to include an actual penny in some of my Penelope Puddle greeting cards that read “Here’s Your Lucky Penny” on the inside. It was a perfect play on my character’s name. I have also always thought that the Penelope drawings are, like the song says, "pennies from heaven" because turning them into greeting cards provides me with hours of creative fun and an escape from daily stresses and sometimes an over abundance of gray rainy days. As the photo (above) shows, my daughter drew Penelope dancing on the White Rock pier that I call “Singing In The Rain” and is reminiscent of Gene Kelly dancing with an umbrella in the much-loved 1952 movie classic.
I will find something to do with the discarded coins I am sure. Some people are starting to collect them for charities. The ostracized penny with its very tiny bit of copper plating does weight heavily in the pockets of many and can make counting a bit awkward I suppose but I didn’t want to see it go. Now the larger Canadian nickel that is worth five cents instead of one will do the task and surely up the cost of most goods and services by four cents in the end.
You can read the history of the one-cent piece here. Although the penny has not been produced since May, 2012, and will not be distributed by the government starting today, I like to think it will return someday in a new form.
Because this was an unexpected topic I now find myself having to choose between two articles (see post below) in one week to link to Our World.
Will Canada remain as lucky as it perhaps was prior to kicking the penny out of circulation? This could be a tongue-in-cheek topic worth exploring in future as well why the coin is considered lucky (or not) in some parts of the globe.
I also edited the post to clear up confusion in my wording over the names and date of the Gene Kelly movie “Singin’ In The Rain” versus the song “Pennies From Heaven” sung in another movie by Bing Crosby.
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