Once in a camp a long time ago
It was my great fortune to get to know
A wise older gentleman whose knowledge was
Who said: “If ever you find a penny on the
Gather it up and quietly put it in your left
Each time you do this it will bring good luck
So faithfully over the years I did as he said
But the pennies brought back camp memories
Of elusive luck which cannot be counted upon.
That’s when the light began to dawn.
Next time, take a good look at that penny as
it goes into your shoe.
A heads down penny means someone somewhere is
thinking of you;
A heads up penny means someone from camp has
you in mind
Making that penny a treasure you did find.
How long does the penny stay in your shoe?
My wise friend never said—it must be up to
It’s amazing to note how many are the times
When pennies appear, not nickels or dimes.
Your friends think of you more than you know
But camp friends are more special—They help
This poem was written in 2004 and since then
I have been enclosing a penny in each of my Christmas cards. I
do this not only because I am thinking of you, but also because
it is my way of honoring a long-time tradition in my family.
Each Christmas when we go through our Christmas stockings the
very last thing that we find (and of course the first thing that
was put into the stocking) is a brand new shiny penny. Although
yours is in a card instead of a stocking, hopefully you will
enjoy receiving it just the same!
Have a wonderful Carefree day!