I created this site as a gathering place for penny stories, my own and yours. My passion for penny stories began around 1997 when a penny was in the change I received at a fast food drive-thru in East Texas. Though countless pennies had passed through my hands over the decades, for some reason, this cent seemed to speak to me. My eyes were drawn to its year which, honestly, I cannot recall now, but I do remember wondering where it had traveled over the years before landing in my palm.
About Penny Story:
For the next ten years, I often pondered the journeys of the cents that came my way, whether in change for a purchase or underfoot on a sidewalk somewhere. In 2008, I decided to quit wondering and began listening. I placed a 1973 cent next to my keyboard and started typing its tales into a document titled Penny Story. Each time I sit down at my computer, I look at the penny and recite this poem:
Little penny, where have you been?
Who has held you, traded you in?
In all the days since you left the Mint,
Where in the world have you been sent?
From the day it was minted in Denver to the present, it has traveled far and wide. Someday I will share its 40-plus year journey. You might even recognize yourself as one of the characters who spent it, wished upon it, lost it, found it, swallowed it, saved it or gave it away.
Before I give my cent’s story away though, I’m posting other penny stories here and ask that you share yours here. Have you ever gotten a penny from heaven, wished upon a penny, or collected pennies as a hobby or maybe as a fundraiser? I’d love to hear from you!
In addition to pennies, I write about the phases of my life: the motherhood phases, the defining-relationship phases, the managing mid-life and about-to-lose-my-mind phases. I blog about these over at www.lisamarlin.com.
My essays have also appeared in Purple Clover, SheKnows Parenting, The Denver Post, The Huffington Post, The Dallas Morning News, and Dallas Child Magazine, penned under various pseudonyms. I am a contributor to Laugh Out Loud, a humor anthology from the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, and my love story is included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Miracle of Love. Early in my freelance career, my confession about being a word addict won me a coveted page in Writer’s Digest Magazine.