Nickels
Monday, July 5 at 1:21 AM
A couple of days ago, as I stepped out of a store into the parking lot, I noticed a nickel on the floor and picked it up. It was minted in 1989. Looking at it, I was reminded of an essay I read years ago in a back issue of Reader's Digest.

The author spoke of a time when he noticed a penny lying on the ground near the feet of a few children who were playing outside. He pointed it out to them and was a little taken aback by there responses of "So?" and "It's only a penny."

He told them that if they found four more pennies, they would have a nickel - and with a nickel they could buy... That's when he realised that though he could have bought something - like a drink from the soda fountain at the drugstore - for a nickel when he was a child, the children he was talking to lived in a much more expensive world.

That's pretty much how things are these days as well. I remember when a quarter was all you needed to buy a little trinket from a vending machine. A few weeks back I noticed one vending machine touting its wares as being worth two dollars.

I guess you really can't do much with just a nickel anymore. But then, you can write about it.

If I Had A Million Dollars
Barenaked Ladies

If I had a million dollars
if I had a million dollars
I'd buy you a house
I would buy you a house
If I had a million dollars
if I had a million dollars
I'd buy you furniture for your house
maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman
If I had a million dollars
if I had a million dollars
I'd buy you a K-Car
a nice Reliant automobile
If I had a million dollars I'd buy your love

If I had a million dollars
I'd build a tree fort in our yard
If I had a million dollars
You could help, it wouldn't be that hard
If I had a million dollars
Maybe we could put a little tiny fridge in there somewhere
We could go up there whenever we wanted
We could get something to eat maybe

If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
I'd buy you a fur coat
But not a real fur coat that's cruel
If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
I'd buy you an exotic pet
Like a llama or an emu
If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
I'd buy you John Merrick's remains
All them crazy elephant bones
If I had a million dollars I'd buy your love

If I had a million dollars
We wouldn't have to walk to the store
If I had a million dollars
We'd take a limousine 'cause it costs more
If I had a million dollars
We wouldn't have to eat Kraft Dinner
But we would
It's a very tasty treat for the whole family

If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
I'd buy you a green dress
But not a real green dress, that's cruel
If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
I'd buy you some art
A Picasso or a Garfunkel
If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
I'd buy you a monkey
Haven't you always wanted a monkey
If I had a million dollars I'd buy your love

If I had a million dollars, if I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars, if I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars, I'd be rich

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