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.