The Value of a Penny


There are some lessons or situations I choose to share because I think there may be some value to pondering the underlying concept. This is one of those situations. I don’t know why I always have an “experience” when I pull up to a drive through window. I am thinking about video taping my next few excursions so you can actually see the situations with your own eyes.

Last night we hopped in the car at 10pm and drove to the nearest McDonalds for a late night ice cream treat. We pulled up to the window and the young man behind the window mumbled something that we couldn’t quite comprehend. So, my husband asked if he could repeat himself and he replied, “You have the 2 flurries, an ice cream sundae and two vanilla cones right?” We couldn’t help but smile at each other because this drive through experience was really going well. Then, as the young man handed us our change, something fell to the ground. He stuck his head out of his window and searched long and hard. Then he said, “No big deal, it was just a penny.”

I could feel my daughters mood turning to dread as I turned around and asked her what she thought about the whole situation and how she would’ve handled it. I must say I was very proud when she told us she would have taken another penny out of the drawer to make up the difference. However, she also admitted she would probably have been too lazy to walk outside and pick the fallen penny up. Thus came the lesson of balancing your drawer at the end of the night. I could’ve ignored the whole scene, but I think it’s imperative to teach the kids how to handle themselves properly in real life. I am saddened that they really just don’t know.

The whole situation made me think about an inspiring post I read a little over a week ago. This young girl that I follow that has been on several mission trips to other countries. She wanted to find a way to make the world a better place. She explained to her young class that there are people in other countries that do not have clean water to drink. She encouraged them to fill a large ziplock baggy with all the pennies they found lying around their house. Once the bag reached a certain mark, the bag would hold 25.00 dollars in pennies, enough to provide clean water for someone for an entire year.These young kids, inspired by this young teacher, stood proudly holding their bags while smiling for the picture. What an inspiring story. So, the thought of this young man not seeing the value or potential of this single penny gave me a reason to tell my story. I will not quit on these kids. Hopefully with a little bit of teaching and patience, they will start to think for themselves and find new and exciting ways to make the world a better place. Maybe by helping them see their own value, they will also be able to see the value in everything around them.


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