Yesterday, I saw an article about how the closures of in-person retail operations during the pandemic has led to a coin shortage here in the U.S. Apparently, the reduction of physical currency through the purchasing system means that pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters aren’t being passed around in the typical volume.

The shortage isn’t cause for alarm. It will eventually correct itself as business reopens. But it is one of those things that makes me think, “Hmmmm. That’s interesting.”

It’s one of those things that reminds me that the world contains countless connections, seen and unseen, obvious and surprising. Pull on one thread, and the pattern on the far side of the picture becomes distorted. Flapping wings of a butterfly lead to a hurricane on the other side of the planet, etc.

I will say that, if I pulled out all the spare change rattling around at the bottom of my purse, I could probably help solve a lot of the coin shortage. The purse/coin situation is a bit like the hanger/closet situation – put 2 or 3 of them into a space together, return later to discover they’ve magically multiplied to 20 or 30.

In any event, it was an intriguing news story. Something to think about as I enjoy my Thursday cuppa.

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