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Remember that little kid in the Bruce Willis movie, “The Sixth Sense,” who said, “I see dead people”? Well, thankfully, I don’t. But “I find pennies.”

I know this revelation is not as startling or creepy as admitting seeing dead people. But hey, one takes ones talents as they come, and for me, it’s finding pennies.

I find them constantly. For years, not a week has gone by that I haven't seen pennies on the floor on jets, under my foot on a sidewalk, tucked into a nook on a shuttle bus. I find them in pristine places like fancy restaurants. I find them even when they’re camouflaged against brown carpet or in dirt. I find pennies day and night, week after week, at home and abroad. And yes, I pick them up.

Once in awhile I find a nickel or a quarter but not often. No, my clairvoyant gift is for pennies. I call it a gift because I’ve never met anyone else who has this story. Perhaps you think I am joking, but I am not. I’ve found pennies so consistently in so many odd places I can’t explain it other than as a gift.

Then there was my Grandma Goldia Rogers. I’d be visiting her on the farm and she’d say, “Let’s go find a 4-Leaf Clover.” Now I don’t know if you’ve ever gone looking for a 4-Leaf Clover, but if you haven’t, you probably do not know that they are rare and virtually impossible to see amidst their hundreds of 3-Leaf Clover cousins.

But this didn’t deter Grandma. Off we’d go and, you guessed it, in a matter of minutes she’d say, “Here’s one,” and hold up a 4-Leaf Clover as big as life. She simply willed it to happen and it did. She did this for years.

I’m not quite that gifted. I’ve never “gone looking” or “willed” the appearance of a penny. I just go my way, look down, and there it is.

That’s actually my theory as to the material substance of this “gift.” When I walk I tend to look down. I look around and I’m aware of the world around me, very aware. But I scan the ground too. So I think I see pennies others just haven’t looked down to see. Simple physics.

But maybe it isn’t physics. Maybe it’s metaphysics. Whatever it is, “I find pennies.”


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