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The Life and Times of a Coin

A Tale from the Corner of the Streets

By PhoenixPublished 9 months ago 4 min read

Hello there! I am a coin, a simple piece of metal that has been lying at the corner of the streets for quite some time now. You might think that my life is mundane and uneventful, but let me tell you that there's more to it than meets the eye.

Every day, I watch people pass by me, each with their own story to tell. Some of them are in a hurry, others seem lost in thought, and a few stop to pick me up, only to toss me back down again. I've seen it all, and I've come to realize that the world can be a strange and unpredictable place.

But despite all of this, I still find joy in the little things. I love feeling the sun on my surface and the wind in my face. I enjoy the sound of children playing and the smell of fresh flowers from the nearby garden. Even though l am just a coin, I feel a sense of connection to the world around me.

Over time, l have become a part of the landscape, a fixture at the corner of the streets. Some people might not even notice me anymore, but I don't mind. I'm content just being here, watching the world go by.

But every once in a while, something happens that shakes me out of my reverie. A group of teenagers might come along and start playing a game, using me as the prize. Or a stray dog might wander by and sniff around me, wondering if I'm something to eat. These moments might be brief, but they're also exciting - a break from the routine of everyday life.

There was one day, however, that stands out in my memory. It was a sunny afternoon, and the streets were bustling with activity. Suddenly, a gust of wind swept through, catching me off guard. I felt myself being lifted up, up, up into the air, soaring like a bird. For a moment, I felt free, weightless, and alive.

But then, just as suddenly as it had come, the wind died down. I felt myself falling, falling, falling back to the ground. I hit the pavement with a dull thud, and I wondered if I had been damaged in the fall.

As I lay there, stunned, a young boy came running up to me. He picked me up, inspected me closely, and then smiled.

"Hey, cool!" he exclaimed. "A lucky penny!"

He slipped me into his pocket and ran off, leaving me to wonder what new adventures awaited me. As the day turned into night, I found myself being jostled around in the boy's pocket, along with other coins and trinkets. I could hear the sounds of laughter and chatter, and I realized that I was on a journey to a new place.

Eventually, the boy stopped running, and I felt him reach into his pocket and pull me out. He held me up to the light and examined me closely, almost as if he was searching for something.

"Make a wish, penny!" he whispered to me, before tossing me into a nearby fountain. I watched as I spiraled downwards, and I felt a strange sense of excitement and anticipation.

As I hit the water, I saw a glimmer of movement - another coin, perhaps, or a wish that had come true. For a moment, I felt a sense of kinship with the other coins, all tossed into the fountain with hopes and dreams.

And then, just as suddenly as it had happened, I found myself sinking down to the bottom of the fountain. I realized that I would be there for a while, but I didn't mind. I was surrounded by the cool, clear water, and I felt at peace.

Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months. I watched as the seasons changed and the world shifted around me. I saw people come and go, throwing their coins into the fountain and making their wishes.

And then, one day, I felt a hand reach down and pick me up. It was the boy again, looking a little older and a little wiser. He smiled as he examined me, and then slipped me into his pocket once more.

As we walked away from the fountain, I realized that I had come full circle. I had been tossed and turned by the winds of fate, and I had landed exactly where I started - at the corner of the streets.

But even though I was back in my familiar spot, I knew that I had changed. I had seen and experienced so much, and I had learned to appreciate the beauty and mystery of life.

Life might be unpredictable and full of surprises, but I've come to appreciate every moment of it. Even as I lie here, a humble coin at the corner of the streets, I know that there's more to my existence than meets the eye. I am a part of this world, connected to every person who passes me by, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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