Have you ever tossed a coin or two into a fountain and made a wish? Did it come true?
It used to be common practice to toss your change into a fountain. Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters found their way into many a blue tiled bottom of a fountain in Metro Vancouver shopping malls like Oakridge and Metrotown. Sometimes there would also be American coins in the mix.
People used to do this so often that the coins would obscure the bottom completely, and the fountains would eventually need to be cleaned and the change removed. I always wondered who benefited from the largesse of these strangers. Did someone just pocket the change, or did it go to a charity?
Even though we were new Canadians, we were no exception to the coin tossing. I only remember doing this maybe once or twice with nickels and pennies, but I did wish for a puppy (which I eventually did get) the first time, and the second time, I wished for happiness–not realizing then, of course, that wishing, having money, or throwing money away can’t buy you happiness 🙂 .
With economic times being tight these days, you don’t see any more coins in fountains. In many ways, that’s a good thing, because koi were sometimes added, and the copper in pennies (in particular) could prove quite poisonous to these fish. We also no longer have a penny in circulation as of last year, because they cost more to make than they’re worth, but that’s another story.
- Daily Prompt: Three Coins in a Fountain (dailypost.wordpress.com)