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Tuesday February 19, 2002, 09:05

Round disc. Copper colored. I get closer, I bend down. Indeed! A penny! Not so rare a find in the city, where even the homeless shaking cups for a handout would hardly stoop to retrieve such a small fraction of a dollar. But I do. Consider it part of my upbringing, as I still dip my finger in the pay phones I pass by. Made a free call once that way. Doubled my money another time.

It should be noted that I never do consider the orientation of a coin before I pick it up. While I do note it (heads or tails) and while there might be a bit of hesitation from mere societal expectations, a coin is a coin, and should not be discounted merely because it has the poor fortune to land with its tail in the air.

I stood up and regained my composure and took two more steps when there, on the sidewalk, mere steps from the last, was another penny. To its right, a foot away, its sibling, lying there, waiting to be gathered. I glanced around, suddenly suspicious of what might actually be occurring. Curious as to whether someone was dropping coinage simply to see people stoop and gather.

I saw nobody.

Twice more this happened, and I, pleased to have made the upgrade to the next higher denomination of currency, was about to go on my way when I discovered one, final, coin. I glanced at it and glanced up, only to see a young woman approaching, pulling a rolling suitcase behind her. She was in her early twenties, or there about, and was dressed as a sophisticated student or a casual professional might. I stopped on the sidewalk and took a step to the side. I checked the time and I looked back at the sidewalk and back at her. She paused, briefly, in front of me and glanced down at the coin which was sitting in a crack formed from the pushing of the roots of a nearby tree. She hesitated for the briefest of moments but ultimately decided it best to leave the penny where it lay.

I watched as she walked by, watched as the suitcase followed obediently behind, and watched as she paused again, set the suitcase upright, squatted to the ground and retrieved a single, shining coin that I had missed. She stood up quickly, pocketed the coin, and, without turning back to me, continued on her way.

I stepped forward, bent down, gathered what was rightfully mine and headed off into the night.

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