Let’s get together and make some cents. . .
Soon, jokes like that will be a distant memory.
Did you hear that the federal government has declared no more pennies will be produced at the mint?
That brings a mixture of emotions for me. . . being a sister to Penny!
The government reports that it costs 1.5 cents to produce one penny, talk about high maintenance! I guess Penny can’t help it, it is how she is made!
Jokes! But in all seriousness, will this cause an identity crises for my younger sister? It will really make it much funnier for those who call her “nickel” all in fun, because, really, the penny is gone!
I for one, am all for the demise of the copper form of the Penny.
The penny has become all but garbage at our house. They can be found in every corner of our house, along with the gum wrappers and bobbie pins ( it is dance season after all).
Over the past few months, I have taken to collecting change and of course most of the time what I am dropping into the bank are worthless coppers, and it does seem hardly worthwhile.
And, I must confess, more than once I have had a handful of “goodies” that I have collected from the basement floor, that always contains pennies, and thought of just tossing them!
But, I don’t! At our house, we are master recyclers, so tossing money just seems wrong! Going one step further, Grant even washed some good ol pennies that he cleaned out of Boycie’s old car before we added them to the collection! I know. . .
Tossing them just seems cruel. The penny has served us well over the years. There will be many a senior that will remember the value of a penny. When I was a child, “penny candy” really did mean that you could get a candy for a penny.
I loved mojos and the little black licorice jube-jube candies.
And of course, when you are on holiday and you get your penny squished and stamped with the location you are visiting! Delaney did a number of those when we were in Disneyland, but you had to pay $.50 along with your penny of course!
And, what will happen to some of the old sayings like “A penny for your thoughts”, “shiny as a new penny,” “cost a pretty penny” or “penny saved, is a penny earned” will they too disappear like their copper namesake?
The government is suggesting people donate their pennies to a worthy cause, so Darren and I will be putting a pail out on our counter, if you would like somewhere to toss yours! We will be sure to use them for something worthy, like wings or Coke Zero or maybe our next coffee purchase!
Twitter is abuzz with comments about the demise of the penny and I am sure it will be the subject of many conversations over the next while, where everyone will want to give their “two cents”!
Goodbye to the penny, I am not sure that you will be missed!