Penny, Nickel, Dime and Quarter

I was reading a book by Bart Baggett and happily finished it tonight in the midst of watching the 100th Grey Cup on the web, with commentaries on the radio.  Yes, I am a person who needs to do many things at once.  Believe it or not, I focus better that way.  So while the Argos were winning against Calgary, I was reading the last pages of the book, which intrigued me.  Bart, in the book, spoke to sameness, sameness with exception, difference, and difference with exception.  The deal is you put three coins in front of someone and ask them how they relate.  I decided to place four in front of me: A penny, a nickel, a dime and a quarter.  (by the way they are eliminating the penny in February  of 2013 apparently in Canada).

Strangely enough I saw a strange correlation to the coins.  The penny was my youngest sister; different. Value had no meaning to me in terms of how much, it was just how I related the coins.  Then there was the dime.  That would be my second eldest sister.  Smaller, but much more value than the size.  I always loved the dime for that.  Then the quarter.  I had more value then any of the other coins, but it wasn’t about that.  It was about its size.  It stood out.  That would be my eldest sister.  Finally there was the nickel.  That was me.  I never felt the nickel belonged.  I believe that most people save mostly pennies, dimes and quarters, and nickels were useless, awkward, but still rounded out the number 5.  A kind coin, but not as noticeable as the others.  Last one you brought out of your purse.

Having thought this a strange but interesting exercise, I then brought it over to my neighbours, Lamont and Larry.  Lamont answered that they were different.  He specifically noted that the penny was a different colour, and the others were silver, but they had different values.  Difference with exception.

Larry, on the other hand, quickly stated that they were 41 cents.  Sameness.  No exception. Value.

So my view of it was also, like Lamont, difference with exception.  Size,  versus  value.

Lamont and I have been close for several years, and in an on and off relationship.  But there is one thing I do know; he will always be my best friend.  I guess this is part of the reason why.  We see things differently, but yet in the same way.  Difference with exception.

For more information on relationships, and compatibility, stay tuned.  My reading marathon had made me wiser in my building my knowledge of ways to learn who you are compatible with and who you should run away from.

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