Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Penny For Your Thoughts

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

Today we are burying my husband’s father. He’d lived a rich life, eighty-five full years. His children and grandchildren had the opportunity to say goodbye, to speak from the heart, say the words some of us never get the chance to utter.

In another sad moment, Cozy Chick Ellery lost her sister-in-law on Monday due to childbirth complications (the baby is fine), shocking for all of us. Ellery's helping care for the newborn.

One old and expected. One young and so unexpected.

However, rather than write a maudlin post, I want to share a story about pennies.

A dear friend once told me that when she left the church after her mother’s funeral service, she spotted a bright and shiny penny on the church steps. She picked it up, took it home, and put it in a bowl. Since then, she’s found pennies after family events – weddings, baptisms - and at times when she craves her mother’s love and support the most. She had to get a bigger bowl.

So I was overwhelmed when we learned of the Baker patriarch’s passing and within a few minutes I’d picked up a bright and shiny penny next to the chair I was sitting in. Of course, that reminded me, and I told my husband the story.

But things grew strange from there.

You see, my husband isn’t the one finding pennies. I am. One on the passenger seat of my car. Another on the basement steps. Six in all found in the strangest places within my home or vehicle.

I’m not sure what it means, if anything. But those pennies are gathering in a decorative bowl. I’ll think of my father-in-law every single time I find one, probably forever. He was a loving and generous human being. I was lucky to have known him.

I hope Ellery will find the same kind of comforting thoughts in something as simple as a penny.

How about you? Have you ever had a sign you thought might be from beyond the grave?


Maggie Sefton said...

What a sweet story. I love it. And I agree, Deb, that's your fathrer in law's message.

The Cat Bastet said...

Thank you for sharing that wonderful story, Deb. My heart is with you and your family, and with Ellery and her family.

A friend of mine had a similar penny experience when trying to decide to move her store or switch to online. After looking at a much smaller site, she prayed for a sign. The next day when she went to look at the new site again, there was a penny in the middle of the floor. No one had been in the store since she'd left the night before. All through the moving/setting up at the new location, she kept finding pennies.

Pennies from heaven? You betcha!

Cathy AJ

Denise said...

Not me personally, but my brother. My mother passed away in Aug. 1999. My brother found a shiny penny every day from the day she died to the day my father passed away in Mar. 2005. After Daddy died, the pennies slowed down to about one a week (still).


Anonymous said...

I have heard this tale before. Why do our loved ones use pennies? Perhaps from the movie "Ghost." We do get the 'message' of love though and what could be more precious?

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your husband during this painful parting, as well as our Ellery. Please give all our blessings and hugs.


Deb said...

Wow! Confirmation that this really works. Thanks for sharing.

Leann Sweeney said...

What a great blog. It made me teary-eyed and smiling all at the same time! Thanks Deb!

Kathleen Ernst said...

I love the story, Deb. I'll remember that one.

Aurian said...

What a nice story, but I really have never experienced something as a sign from beyond the grave.
I do have a fun story to tell though. My parents have a vacation home that my sisters and I are allowed to use. Whenever my twin sister goes, be it with friends or her family, it rains. Whenever I go, it is beautiful weather. So, what does that mean? Do I deserve it more? Or do I just know when to plan a vacation?

Ellery I am so very sorry for your loss, I wish you all strength to go on.

Adrienne said...

Thanks so much for sharing this uplifting story. What's so interesting is how many of your fans have had the same experience. I certainly will be looking for those pennies from now on. Take care..