Quarters Turned

There are times that try a man’s soul. For me, such times have a way of coinciding with ‘the glory that is me’. How else do I explain the times I’ve headed to the parking lot without car keys.

All of which brings me to a few weeks ago as I stood in our buildings’ laundry room. Despite my best effort at Jedi mind tricks, the 5 quarters in my hand weren’t turning into the 6 I needed. Sigh…

Adding insult to injury, I had been counting to 6 for most of my life and I knew the $1.50 for the washing machine was a fact. And yet, there I stood.

Just as I had nearly resigned myself to heading back upstairs for 1 quarter more, what to my wandering eye should appear but just such a coin sitting on the window ledge to the right of the dryer.

Scarcely believing my good fortune, I added the orphan coin to my other 5 and got busy with the wash.

Now back upstairs, I’m still not sure why I had the thought of grabbing an extra quarter to take down with me on my next trip. And when I did, setting the replacement quarter on its’ spot brought a quiet smile. Maybe someone else who had forgotten how to count past their fingers would be spared similar hassle.

But my altruism was short-lived. Should I have been surprised when a few days later, I saw someone had lifted my quarter. What a world! But what surprised me more was later that very same day, a new quarter appeared where mine had been.

Ever a proponent of the scientific method, I actually made it a point to note the year on the coin. While hardly a serial number, changing dates over the course of ensuing weeks confirmed that quarters were changing places.

In other news, Fate intervened in my laundry saga in the form of a hand-written sign, “Dryer Broken”. Another sigh…how long?

Yet again, I was pleasantly surprised.

This past Friday, the proverbial sun stood still as my fellow tenants and I watched burly new commercial-grade equipment coming off a truck and slotted in where the old not-so-steady eddys’ had once stood.

Pleased to see a wash was still $1.50, I also noticed the quarter was gone from the ledge. I wouldn’t say I mourned, but it had been a simple unanticipated fun run of a social experiment. Maybe I wasn’t alone because when I went down yesterday to do a load of t-shirts, there was a brand new bar of Lava soap and a little bristle brush on the edge of the laundry sink. As luck would have it, I had a collar or two that could benefit from a little soap and a scrub before the main event. Thank-you.

Laundry now complete, there was only one thing left to do. Pulling out a few extra dryer sheets, I set them neatly next to the dryer, on the ledge where the quarter used to be. Quarter turned.



FYI: Last week’s surgery went well and without complications. I see the docs this week as we chart next steps. Will keep you posted.


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About dan4kent

Born and raised in the Midwest, Dan lives in the Chicagoland area. With a grown son from a previous marriage, he has since built a committed relationship of 33 years with his partner Rick, the Love of his Life. Having written his whole life, he blogged for years because he has to write…he can’t help it. Know the feeling? There’s ‘good‘ to be found in all of it. “If all I do is leave someone (or something) better than I found them, then I’ve done my part. Thanks for letting me grace your screen, if only for a little while.”
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4 Responses to QUARTER TURNED

  1. purplemary54 says:

    Take a quarter, leave a quarter. Instant karma, indeed.

  2. Good to hear all went well!

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