The Value of A Penny

The penny – a devalued coin!

I know! Difficult to not go to the obvious place with this title. Yes it is my name. It is also a coin. A devalued coin. It may be gone soon only to live on in coin collections and clever sayings (I’ll bet I know most of them too. lol) But I actually have a legacy with the penny (coin), one I would share with you.

This is a true story, the specific location Northern Idaho, USA.

I was born in a small cottage (my dad built), not too far from the Canadian border between that country and the USA. I came early, it was the middle of the night, the family was snowbound and so my dad delivered me. The next day, while driving me to the nearest hospital, my parents decided to name me after a song.

They loved music. There had been a scene in an old movie where a man (a wonderful singer Bing Crosby) is calming a child afraid of a storm. He sings a lullaby.The song became very popular. Years later, still enjoying the tune, my parents took the words literally and named me for the song.

It does have special meaning for me, of course, so thought I’d share. Oh, my dad was a musician in his early days, he had his own band. This then my legacy I was born with. Hardly from heaven, extremely mortal when it comes to messing up and making mistakes…but it kinda’ sums up how I feel about others and my need to make a difference!

It was hard locating this film clip which is very old (much older than I. lol) And it shows in the recording.


Penny’s From Heaven

Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven
Don’tcha know each cloud contains pennies from heaven?
(You’ll find your fortune fallin’ all over town)
(Be sure that your umbrella)
Is upside down

Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers
If you want the things you love, you must have showers
(So when you hear it thunder) Don’t run under a tree
There’ll be pennies from heaven for you and me

(Every time it rains, it rains) pennies from heaven
(Don’tcha know each cloud contains) pennies from heaven?
(You’ll find you fortune fallin’) All over town
(Be sure that your umbrella) Is upside down

Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers
If you want the things you love you must have showers
(So when you hear it thunder) Don’t run under a tree
There’ll be pennies from heaven for you and for me.


So there you have it, something about me you didn’t know. I hope you found it interesting, and I…well I’ll continue to try to live up to the “representative” meaning in the lullaby by inspiring and making people feel good, as good as I can, anyway. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by, Penny

38 thoughts on “The Value of A Penny

  1. Great post Penny!
    my sisters name is also Penny, ( actually Penelope- but she’s shortened it to Penny now ).
    there was a reason why my mum and dad chose that name, but i can’t remember unfortunately..
    I’ll have to ask here, which is a good reason for a phone call 😉
    Thanks for sharing xxx

  2. What a great post, Penny! Isn’t it grand when you can relate your name to such a wonderful story? I asked my mom once how she came to name me Sharla. I was very familiar with Charlotte and Charlie but Sharla was different. She saw the name in a comic book for an Indian princess. Cool, huh? Now I can say I am a princess of smiles because one always smiles when reading a comic book! LOL:>)

    • I love it. That is totally cool. It is a pretty name in and of itself, but the Indian Princess aspect just makes it that much better! So true “the princess of smiles” it fits! 🙂

  3. I may say this all the time but this is my new favourite post, I like it when you let us share in your life stories. Okay here’s my obvious pun as everyone else is mentioning them, if your blog could be weighted, it would weigh a pound and then I could say in for a penny….sorry I am a terrible person.

    • Thank you Ste J. Your good, I will say that for you, at least you tied it all together, you didn’t just stick a “penny saying” out there all on it’s own. And it’s a very nice compliment so I’ve decided to enjoy the compliment even with “pun” intended, Penny 🙂

      • I worked on that one for ages, which is not bad on only four hours sleep. I try to be slightly more obscure about things, although that was in no way obscure really just not the obvious, a bit like when I make up that reason to justify another binge on books.

        • Truly spoken re: obscure/just not obvious referencing, it is so very nice to say something and have most people go “huh?” while you have an internal smile going on. You actually make up reasons to binge on books? Well, okay, maybe I do too…a little, sometimes its more like, well I’ll just go pop into the ‘ol book store and you know “browse”. And then hours later with numerous books in hand, I leave, if there is guilt it is so minute as to not notice! Nice feeling though isn’t it?

          • Extremely nice, my friends think I’m always buying so I automatically go on the defensive and delight in spinning a so-ridiculous-it-might-just-be-true reason. I had a major blitz the other day, which I shall blog about in a few days when I finally get around to looking at what I’ve purchased. There was no reason this time though, it was christmas shopping gone dreadfully wrong, yet that in itself is justifiable enough. I made a really obscure reference to the Moors once during a conversation, I was sniggering and everything whilst everyone just looked on with that slightly worried look that has been cultivated for us people who relate things to each other when the link is so tenuous that no one else would bother. There is a name for people like us, morally superior ,lol.

    • Thanks, I heard the story so many times when I was growing up. How high the snow was, how cold the cottage was and so on. And then I sort of forgot about it for a long while. When people ask me if my name is really Penelope I have to say no, and then share the story! lol, Thank you very much LuAnn for your loving words! Penny

  4. Oh I have a jar full of pennies from heaven, I love them they come in so handy as door stops, weights and yes at vacation time they bring us sunshine, What a marvelous life you have Muss Penny, you trully are the Penny from heaven . thank you so much for the wonderful tidbit of your humble beginnings 🙂

    • For me it was always “hey have you heard this one…”find a penny pick it up all day long you’ll have good luck” “a penny saved is a penny earned” and so forth and so on….ad nauseum, truly. I thought about saying my name was actually Penelope (referencing the Greek mythology of course) but I don’t like that, I do like that I was named after a song they liked. A nice memory!

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