Friday, February 15, 2013
Another Precious Penny
On Monday February 11th, my husband and I began preparing for our upcoming move. It was no surprise that the area I found the most difficult to pack up was Michael's room. Thankfully, only a few of his personal items remained (most of them had been dealt within weeks of his passing), but pulling his books off the shelf and removing his suit from the predominantly empty armoire was not easy. Tackling this room on our province's first ever "Family Day" holiday did not help. That emotionally loaded label served to intensify my melancholy state. Once the packing of the room was done, my husband began disassembling the armoire, which was situated in a corner, directly against the wall. With only a couple of inches of clearance between the ceiling and the top of that cabinet, dismantling was required in order to fit through the door. When he was almost finished, he called me over to help. As I picked up the base of the armoire, I could not believe my eyes. Lying on the floor was a lone penny. There was nothing else to be found under, behind, or beside the armoire - no old socks, garbage, or even other coins. Just one penny. The back of the armoire was solid wood, as were the top, bottom and side panels - nothing could have accidentally fallen through from the drawers or shelves inside. So, how did that penny get there? I have no idea, but based on previous penny encounters, I know who was involved. Sensing how difficult the day was for me, Michael's spirit made sure to send a sign of support. After I relayed the incident to my younger daughter, I chuckled as she half-jokingly wondered aloud if the occurrence of future episodes such as this might be affected - as of Monday February 4th, Canadian pennies are no longer officially in circulation. We'll see.