See a penny pick it up…

June 21, 2017 Lifestyle

Today was the first day of my internship. An internship that I so hope will turn into my career. I awoke with butterflies in my stomach, so eager to make a good impression and fearful that I wouldn’t live up to all that my employers had hoped for.

As I set out across Tufnell Park for the bus stop I noticed a golden glint from amongst the grass. There laid between the daisies was a pound coin. “see a penny pick it up, and all day you’ll have good luck. See a penny let it lay and bad luck you’ll have all day”Β I said the rhyme aloud, one that I’ve murmured to myself since childhood whenever I collected a stray penny.

I bent down to collect the coin, feeling its weight in my palm, I felt a sense of calm come over me. Suddenly my mind was no longer on my potential failure, or incapability to do the job I had been hired for. But instead, it wandered to the coin in my hand.

How had this pound coin come to be here in the middle of Tufnell Park? How many transactions had it been a part of? What goods had it purchased?

Walking along in the morning sun I let my mind wander, first I imagined that the coin had leapt from the pocket of a jogger as he bound across the park in a sweat. Then I envisaged it falling from the back pocket of a man, laughing amongst his friends, sitting on the grass with a cold beer and enjoying the previous day’s good weather.

However the coin got there it was now in my hand, providing me with a sense of comfort and easing the anxiety of my first day in a new career. As I got to the bus stop I slid it into my bag, my little piece of good luck for the day.

“See a penny pick it up and all day you’ll have good luck” I had the equivalent of a hundred pennies, I thought, and smiled, and then suddenly everything felt like it was going to be ok.

Sophia x

P.S – As you’re reading this my first day has been and gone, my fears, as suspected, were completely unwarranted and my little piece of luck is still sat in the central pocket of my purse.


  1. Jenny says:

    Oh how lovely! I still do that too! Found Β£1 the other day too!

  2. Shana says:

    Such a sweet post. Glad all is going well at your internship and as it went so well for you, the next time I see a penny I’ll be sure to pick it up πŸ™‚

  3. Congrats on your internship. I wish you all the success!

  4. Paula says:

    Love this rhyme! Good luck in your bright future! πŸ™‚

  5. Danielle says:

    Such a lovely postβ™₯ I was always taught that a penny is only good luck if it is laying heads up, so if I see a penny that is laying heads down, I will turn it heads up for the next person to have good luck πŸ™‚ Congrats on your internship!

    -Danielle Ruppert //

  6. Mika says:

    Aww glad your internship is going well πŸ™‚

  7. Christina says:

    This is such a sweet post πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Such a great story! It’s amazing how one little thing, like picking up a penny, can change your outlook! Congrats on your internship!

  9. Lea says:

    This sounds so great. I’m starting my Internship soon too and I totally get your feeling! I’m really looking forward to it. Your post was so nice to read and I hope your intership goes well for you!
    Lea, xx

  10. Melissa says:

    That’s awesome! Good luck with your internship!

  11. Team up Girl says:

    Awww that is so cute πŸ™‚ I love these things, it just gives you that extra comforting feeling. I am happy you found it on your first day πŸ™‚ I am usually Mrs. Stress so I understand how much that little shiny thing helped you πŸ™‚

  12. Claire says:

    Hahaha love your imagination! I hope your first day of internship went well. Definitely a lot to learn in real life. I sometimes think like you too, with a dollar or other. It’s crazy to think how many people have touched that object, and how it came to me.

  13. Helene says:

    I do believe in luck and i always take any penny i find on my way. I still remember the day i found the first one, i was about 5-6 years old and it was enough to buy me an ice cream. Since then i find only pennies but i always take them.

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I'm Sophia Whitham, a Classics graduate from Kings College London embarking on a journey into marketing with Kafoodle. A keen writer, foodie and traveller I have combined my interests into this little corner of the internet πŸ₯‚

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