After reading this node
for the first time in April
, I decided that it would be a fun way to spend a free afternoon
. I found seven dollars
that I had hidden in my room for a rainy day
and went to the bank to get it changed into pennies
I decided that to make the whole experience seem more innocent
, I would walk around to my pennies' destinations instead of driving to and from the places I had planned to drop most of them.
So from the bank, I walked around to the grocery store. Inside, I left a few sporadically on the floor, but found my way to the bathroom, my main goal. I locked the door (keep in mind, this is not a one stall bathroom
, but it did have a lock on the main door). In front of the sink, I left a message written in pennies, careful to leave all the pennies heads-up
After I was done, I flushed the toilet
, to give some credibility to myself, should anyone be waiting outside the door to get in, washed my hands and then left. No one was outside, which was a bummer
because I wanted to be there to witness someone walk in and see it. I didn't have much time to spend around the store, so I bought a Coca-Cola
Walking out into the sunlight again, I made my way down the main street in town, dropping pennies as I went. I came to Blockbuster
, and went inside. On the shelves, by all of my favorite
movies, I placed a penny. I then casually walked out, as if I just simply couldn't find anything I wanted to watch.
After this, I went to the park. Now the park
was the spot I really wanted to drop my money bomb
s on. Three on the slide
(one on the ladder, one at the top and one at the bottom), one on every swing
. I placed a few inconspiculously on the merry-go-round
After I had run around the park to all the playground equiptment, placing pennies on almost everything, I realized I still had two full rolls
(worth 50 cent
s) plus about 25 more pennies
left. I went over to the slide and buried
the rest of my pennies in the sand.
Walking back to the bank across town, where my car was parked, I felt proud. Seriously, I felt like I had shared a little bit of myself that day
I wondered about who would find all my pennies. Perhaps someone walked into the grocery store bathroom right after I left and ended up taking all the pennies. Maybe they just didn't touch them, thinking it was some sort of ploy
by the store to catch a thief
or something. Perhaps they did as the message said and took one
. Maybe no one else went to the bathroom that day and thus, the teenager
having to close the store that night found them while cleaning the bathroom.
Someone checking out Flight of the Navigator
, Pump up the Volume
, or One Hour Photo
picked up the penny I had placed by them or one of the other movies. Maybe they left it, hoping the next child
to come in the store would find it.
And at the park, my pennies were probably found by a big brother
pushing his sister
around on the merry-go-round, or an excited little boy ready to go down the slide for the first time. Perhaps the ones by the see-saw
were found by a parent who picked it up and told their child about the "See a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck" rhyme. Maybe the pennies I buried are still there, maybe they were washed up by a rain storm
. I buried them pretty deep, but maybe a third-grader
had made a time capsule
of his own and wanted to burry it in the same spot my pennies were, therefore discovering a dollar and a quarter in small change. Maybe in a month or two I will take a friend with me to go see if we can find them
. If they're still there, perhaps we can try and create a new penny dropping
day to remember.
Whatever happened to these pennies, whomever found them, I hope they got as much delight
them as I did leaving them lying around