Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

Find a penny, pick it up.  All day long, you’ll have good luck.

Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is:  Shine.
Our instructions: Has the sunshine or any other light source caused you to stop because it’s highlighting something you didn’t notice before?

Earlier this week, I went for a walk on our local trails, on a mission to find some shine.  Honestly, I found a whole lot of nothing.  No shine anywhere.  And just as I was about to give up, I caught the shine of a penny, camouflaged among the copper-hued leaves on the trail.

Pennies always make me think about gentle Boo Radley (To Kill a Mockingbird) and his “gifts”.

Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.

Whenever I find a penny, I always wonder how it got there.  Did it fall out of someone’s pocket?  Did someone leave it there on purpose?  Is it someone’s little thing in between?  Should I pick it up?

I decided I was already lucky to find the shine.  I’d leave a little thing there for someone else to find.


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