Today's Wonder of the World is...Change!
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Everywhere you go these days people are talking about change.
Even at our neighborhood grocery store, where I accidentally slipped the cashier a euro leftover from a trip to France a year and a half ago. Whoops!
I really need to clean out that purse. I guess that euro was lost amongst all those Abes.
Flickr photo by friend_cuttack
How I love you, Abe!
Anyway... I thought it'd be fun to consider the wonder of coins, and also let you in on another change on its way around here--more to come in a minute about that.
But back to coins...
When my son Ben was three, he thought coins looked delicious, so he swallowed one and then stood up and screamed, "Help! I swallowed money!"
"What kind of money?" we asked. "Was it a quarter, a dime, a silver dollar?" (I was a little paranoid back then. With good reason--Ben was wearing a full leg cast at the time.)
"How do I know? It was the circle kind!"
We took him to the emergency room and sure enough, there it was on an x-ray.
Luckily (or maybe not) Ben was a late potty trainer, so we had the joy of searching for it several days until it finally showed up in his diaper. We named it our three hundred dollar dime and I put it in my jewelry box for safekeeping.
Guess what the Easter bunny brought him in his basket that spring.
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I don't know about your Easter bunny, but mine has a sick sense of humor.
I wouldn't mind some of these ancient Greek coins in my basket.
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I'm not sure if they're real, but they sure are pretty.
You know what other coins are beautiful?
Old French francs.
Flickr photo by IONclad
We moved to France in 1999, and about a year and a half later, just about the time I finally didn't have to do math in my head to convert francs to dollars (6.5 francs for each American dollar, ) guess what they did? They made everyone start using euros!
People in my village were NOT excited.
"French francs are beautiful," they would say. (Really, they are!) "Euros are ugly."
But after a couple of years, people stopped grumbling.
"At least the French sides are pretty," they'd say, admiring Marianne.
Flickr photo by luxeurocoins
Do you know Marianne? She's the emblem of the French Republic. Read more about her here.
I'm still finding old French centimes (less valuable than a penny) in dresser drawers and boxes. I should make them into jewelry!
Photo by desertartistsonline.etsy.com
Pretty, huh? You can find it here, at etsy of course!
I'd hate to tell my French friends, but some of the other countries' euros are just as amazing.
Take the Greek one euro coin, for example.
Flickr photo by Tiffibunny
I love how they copied the 450BC design.
Flickr photo by karahaz
But maybe I like it so much because I'm partial to owls.
Speaking of being a wise old owl, I need to get to Part Two of this blog: another type of change...
First, let me get some facts established:
1. I'm having so much fun with this blog
2. I live for your comments (yes I'm that desperate,) not to mention your friendship.
3. I've got at least 45,963,862 more Wonders of the World left to yak about.
As our new Prez says, change is healthy!
So it's time for a little change in my corner of the world. Starting next week, I'll be blogging faithfully Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, doing my part as usual to celebrate (blab about) the wonders of musical vegetables and mailboxes and whatever else I pluck out of my life to honor for the day.
I sure hope you'll still join me even if I'm not here every day of the week!
Have a wonder-full Friday and a super weekend y'all!
PS. Enjoy my pal David Bowie and his ch ch ch changes!
See you Monday!