Actually – you had better make that a nickel.
I’m probably not the only Canadian, steeped in nostalgia, who isn’t ready to say goodbye to this shiny bit of copper.
I know it costs more to produce a penny than its actual worth and I understand it has become a time-consuming nuisance in retail. While we aren’t the first generation to say goodbye to a small piece of Canadian heritage, wonder where it will stop.
What other bits of our daily lives will soon become obsolete, redundant, and no longer useful in our fast-paced world? I was watching “Fringe” with my son, and one of the episodes mentioned the rarity of ball point pens in an alternate reality. With all our gadgets and gizmos, it doesn’t seem too far off the mark. How many times do you write yourself a note on your phone or send an email instead of snail-mail? Children are more adept at typing than penmanship. The new trend in schools is to implement technology – including each child having his own laptop. I do fear that one day, pens and pencils may also go the way of the penny.
Unless, of course, you’re an artist.
So, “in for a penny, in for a pound”, it’s time to say goodbye to an obsolete coin.