Jon Crispin's Notebook

Milk Cap

Posted in Family, History, Nature, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 22/12/2011

One day when I was in college, I was standing in front of the mailboxes in Ferncliff Hall and dropped a penny.  It landed on its edge between my feet and stayed that way. I thought it was really cool and decided to leave it there.  I walked by several hours later and it was still in the same place in spite of all the people who had walked by.  I thought of it as a good omen; something unusual that I was a part of, and I remember that day as being especially nice.  A similar thing happened with an aspirin a few years later and I began to pay attention to the correlation between dropping something that stayed on its edge and having a happy and productive day.  Over all these years it has maybe happened 20 or so times with various objects, and I always feel elated. Yesterday morning as I was making tea for Cris and me, I took the cap off the milk and dropped it.  It turned out to be a very nice day.

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  1. Susan Park said, on 22/12/2011 at 12:21 pm

    I love this story!
    When I first saw the cap in the photo, I thought it was an odd subject to have selected, but I get it now. As photographers, I think we begin to see the patterns developing before other people do. Your story certainly made this photo a lot more interesting for me. Thank you for all of your lovely photos. (I especially love the suitcases, which have been stories onto themselves) – Susan

  2. Mrs. L said, on 22/12/2011 at 12:54 pm

    How lovely!

  3. Cathleen said, on 22/12/2011 at 2:32 pm

    What a great story! I will be keeping my eyes open a little wider to the world around me from now on. Thank you Jon, and Merry Christmas!

  4. Theanne said, on 22/12/2011 at 6:28 pm

    Phenomenal that you’ve had so many occurrences in your lifetime and that you haven’t forgotten them! I wonder what the odds are of this happening 20 or more times, in anyone’s lifetime? And each time a good day! I like it! Merry Christmas and I hope you have things landing on their side for years to come!

  5. Lynn Obermoeller said, on 22/12/2011 at 11:01 pm

    I shall remember this when I drop something and it lands on its edge – thanks for sharing.

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