Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Pretty Penny

Well, I heard that last week Canada decided to phase out and discontinue their penny. The reason given was that it wasn't worth the cost of producing them, and apparently, it costs 1.6 cents to make a penny, so yeah, I can see where they’re coming from. And I wonder if the US  will bring the issue up again and follow suit.

But that got me to thinking, what would happen if we did get rid of the penny? 

“A penny for your thoughts.” Would we round up to a nickel? Better darn well be an interesting thought for the increase! ;)

What will happen to penny loafers? Will a nickel even fit into that diamond-shaped slit on top? Would a dime be too small and fall out? 

Will we sing “Nickels From Heaven?”  You can imagine pennies raining down from heaven might sting a little, but I bet those dang nickels will sure leave a mark!

What about the phrase “In for a penny, in for a pound?” Will we change it accordingly? “In for a nickel, in for five pounds.“ What exactly would it be 5 pounds of? A bag of sugar? Or the current US equivalent of the British currency, which would amount to $9.70? 

Would girls named Penny need to be renamed? I mean,  take Henny Penny, for example. Henny Nickel does NOT rhyme. If you think she was wired a little too tight thinking the sky was falling, having that moniker may just land her a room in the nearest psych ward.

I hope we don’t lose our penny. You can see the havoc that will be wreaked upon the world with such a change. I really am especially concerned about Henny Penny, being as fond of chickens as I am. ;)

Well, at least we don’t have to worry about penny candy. Inflation took care of that for us years ago. I can remember my siblings and I each being given a quarter to spend at the penny candy store uptown in Wrentham, where I grew up. 

We took our time picking and choosing just what we wanted, and came out with a little brown paper bag filled with treasured goodies: Mary Janes, Squirrel Nuts, Mint Juleps, candy lipsticks, dots on paper strips, BB Bats, Flying Saucers, Pixie Stix, wax bottles….

I’ve long ago recovered from the shock of what we pay today for “penny candy” at the few country stores that still sell it. I've adjusted. I guess, if we do lose our penny, we’ll just have to find the means to accept it and go on with our lives. 

But while we still have them in use…penny for your thoughts on this? ;)

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