A Penny for Candy
was a children’s book
from the 40’s. In it, three children are playing together when one finds a penny in the grass. Windfall
! They head off, jumping and turning somersault
s to the candy
store. Suddenly, what luck, another child spies another penny!. More joy, more cartwheels on the way to the store. Lo and behold
, soon the last child finds yet another penny.
They arrive at the door, slavering with greed, and each dithers over choosing. But when it is time to pay—-well, of course, it is the same penny that kept falling out of pockets and being refound.
A moral for our times. Tax refund, how shall I spend thee? let me count the ways.
Of course, until the dollar coin becomes more widely distributed, this story isn’t likely to happen nowadays. Somehow, the thought of a modern trio of kids reach finding the same 79 cents over and over while rushing to get a Hershey Bar lacks the same credibility.