“Find a Penny, Pick it Up”

pennies luck

I have decided that on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AProjectForKindness, I am going to try to write one RAK that people can do each day to spread kindness.  Easy things, that are really just meant to provide some happiness to others.  Today’s was, “Leave pennies around, heads up, to provide good luck to those who find them”.  Now, do I really think that finding a penny brings good luck, no, BUT, I always pick them up when I find one, and say the poem out loud:

Find a penny,

Pick it up,

All the day,

You’ll have good luck

Until today, though,  I  did not know that there was more to the poem:

Give it to a faithful friend,

Then your luck will NEVER end!

Even better!!  I love that part and now I can share my luck (wink, wink), with someone else.  Many people believe that finding a penny is considered good luck, but it is of course an old wives tale.  There are some variations to the tale, including the position of the penny when it is found.  Do you pick it up if it is tail side up?  I do not!!  I don’t need any bad luck – bring on the good please!!

I also read that when you find a penny you should thank God for your blessings because it does indeed read, “In God we trust,” so when you find a penny, you should trust that God has placed it in your way for a reason and thank him for your blessings at that moment!  Despite your beliefs, (or not), in God, it is still such a nice sentiment – and just the fact that a seemingly worthless little penny gives you an opportunity to think about what you are grateful for, makes it worth more than you could ever cash it in for!

I filled my pocket with a handful of pennies today and throughout the day, I have left them around as we ran errands with the boys.   Nowhere special, on a sidewalk, on the floor in a store, all over.  If that little penny gives someone an opportunity to feel lucky, or “pass on their luck” to someone else, then it did what I intended it to do.


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7 thoughts on ““Find a Penny, Pick it Up”

  1. […] Today, I HAVE to continue my blog on coincidences.  In February, I wrote one of my blogs about finding pennies, https://aprojectforkindness.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/find-a-penny-pick-it-up/ […]

  2. Tasha May 31, 2015 at 10:35 am Reply

    i didn’t know the USA had pennies. I thought it was cents there.

    • clairesinclair May 31, 2015 at 1:11 pm Reply

      We have pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. All of them are equal to a different amount of “cents” A penny is worth 1 cent. Where are you located? Do you have a coin with a similar story to our penny?

  3. Barbara April 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm Reply

    My mother told me this little ditty znd I have remembered it ever since. “See a penny, pick it up. You’re sure to have the best of luck. See a penny, let it lie, you’re sure to want before you die.”

    • clairesinclair April 6, 2017 at 6:43 am Reply

      I never heard that second part. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Janine Sharon Simpson November 8, 2019 at 12:09 pm Reply

    I never knew about the penny being tails up, I have always just picked them up and said the rhyme, but I will now turn it over if it is on tails when I find them, and what awonderful thing to do, I am now going to collect my pennies up and when I have got quite a few, I am going to place them face up, for other people to find, I am a big believer in Pay it Forward, so by doing this it is like a small contribution to doing it.

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