On Thursday, May 23, 2019, a notification popped up in a news feed that I follow: It’s National Lucky Penny Day!
What?! How did I not know this? I am The Penny Lady. THE. Or so I used to be, once upon a lifetime ago.
Along about 2008, I wrote a novel about the journeys of a Denver-minted 1973 penny; it remains unpublished to this day though it’s never far from my thoughts. I participated in a few penny fundraisers back then, encouraging students in Colorado, Texas and New York to write their own tales about some of the pennies they collected. And I bought this URL, pennystory.com, fully intending to collect penny stories worldwide.
Then, life got a little tumultuous as life sometimes will, and so little by little my penny passion waned. Like a penny slipping into the deep abyss of a living room sofa, The Penny Lady vanished. I quit pursuing the publication of my novel, visiting classrooms, and maintaining this website.
Then today, I found out about National Lucky Penny Day. It’s like I reached into my sofa cushions looking for the TV remote or something else equally unexciting and my fingers instead fumbled upon that lost cent instead. What a lucky penny indeed. Freed at last. I’m hoping that this luck will carry over into the resurrection of this site. Well, luck and my attention to it.
In the meantime, I invite you to share your penny story. I’d love to hear that and your two cents worth.