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by Christopher Mudiappahpillai

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