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Not ‘Just’ a Euro

A random title for a post perhaps, but when looking in my purse for my son’s football subs this morning I found a Euro. Initially I felt a little bit cross, because I thought it was a £1 coin and had overestimated how much I had. Then I felt curious; how did I end up with it? Did the person who gave me it know? How had I not noticed before? At that point I was still a tiny bit grumpy, wondering if I had been ‘conned’ (a bit extreme but if I had been in a really tight financial situation that could have completely scuppered things for me, £1 can go a long way if you use it wisely!) 

It wasn’t long, though, until I could see it as a blessing. That coin, which was pretty much useless to me in monetary terms, could have all kinds of potential. For a start, I could have shown it to my 5 year old son and we could have learned about money in different countries, how much it was worth, where it was from and so on. We would probably have ended up getting an atlas out too. (We haven’t done that, as we went to the allotment instead, maybe another day!) Perhaps seeing that coin could spark a passion-for learning about other countries, for collecting coins, for maths!

As well as using it with my children, it could be a learning aid for my teaching role, prompting the same kinds of discussions as I could have with my own son. It could even be used for a maths lesson on money, and for older children the introduction to a lesson on converting € to £ and vice versa. The possibilities are almost endless!

All of these ponderings were had whilst I did the chores and my brain was free to explore. So many ideas born from something that was ‘bad’, unplanned, unexpected. The point of this post, though, isn’t to discuss the merits (or otherwise) of owning a Euro in a country where that is not the currency. It is to make me, and you, thing about how we deal with unexpected life events. I know finding the ‘wrong’ coin is hardly life altering or devastating, but I could easily have ‘had a monk on’ all day or gone home in a huff. 

There are a few sayings that spring to mind here. I’m trying to see the positive in every situation life throws at me, as little curveballs seem to keep launching themselves in my direction and I’d be permanently grumpy if I stropped every time I didn’t get my own way!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. 

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Do you know any more sayings? How do you deal with unexpected events? What else can I do with my Euro?

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36 thoughts on “Not ‘Just’ a Euro

  1. Great post Karen! In the latter part of my 40 year teaching career we did lots of social skilling with the students…actual programs to teach children how to behave in various situations ( including using manners! 😮) But the big thing was teaching ‘resilience’…how to handle disappointment, anger etc. sign of the times??
    Here in Australia we are not impressed when we get NZ currency…
    A quilting friend always says ‘ When life hands you scraps, make a quilt!’
    PS Love the crocheted blanket you are making!!!

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    1. Thank you, I agree, resilience is an important skill, in our early years curriculum it is one of the characteristics of effective learning. I like your friend’s quote too! Thanks for the lovely comment about the blanket, it’s huge now I’ve put it together. 😊

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  2. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations! – Ok so I just looked up ‘positive quotes’ to make my comment… but… because I read your post I wanted to find an inspirational quote and I’ve spent the last 10 minutes reading some lovely ones! Thank you – now I’m in a very good, inspired, positive mood! 🙂

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  3. You could send it to me! Then again, you’d have to spend some to send it. I would spend it quite wisely at the Chinese bazaar, though. I’m very sensible with my Euro coins.

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      1. I think you need to google what a pound is worth these days. Being an American living in Spain who teaches English and travels to the UK who has some dollars, some euros, and has to use some pounds as well, I can tell you that the euro does pretty nicely as does a USD as does a pound. If anything, these days context is everything. You living there with your euro can’t do much, and with your pound you could do more, but living there. If you had traveled here to Spain last year with your pound, you could have done a lot more with your pound than this year. Food for thought in your educational ponderings…

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  4. Mrs. Craft, our grown children still pull out our foreign coin jar to look through the coins we saved from various business trips and living in Germany (with lots of Central European side trips). They would make a great Math lesson. Sorry, no gem of wisdom to add to your list today.

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  5. When my son (now in his 40s) passed his driving test at 18 we allowed him to take our first ever new car out on his own. His face was a picture as we handed him the keys, and what we said to him, was its a tin box on wheels, if it gets damaged we will deal with, however if you get damaged we may not be able to deal with it so think about what you are doing. Life throws many spanners in our works, but at the end of the day its the irreplaceable things such as your family and people, that are important. Yes £1 could have been a lot to lose, but your family are still there and if you haven’t lost them then you will cope with everything else. Enjoy whatever you do with your Euro and who knows one day you may travel somewhere you can use it . :o)

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  6. When I was studying in Germany with my brother, towards the end of the month that 1 Euro meant a lot. It meant our lunch or our dinner. I learned a lot from the 1 Euro and the cents. Sometimes I’d spend 10 euros on a bite, while other times I’d spend 1 Euro on two dinners! I had a habit too, I would flip the Euro and see what country it was from. If it wasn’t Germany, I would smile and think of visiting that place. I’d even google and plan a little imaginary trip that I knew wasn’t going to happen then just to get me through 🙂 I don’t live in Europe anymore but now that I’ve visited almost all the countries in Europe on my list, I look back and I’m grateful for that 1 Euro coin. Great post. Took me back a few good years.

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    1. Lovely memories! At the moment we have no plans to visit any countries where we could spend it, so it will have to remain as an ‘ornament’. I’m going to look and see where it comes from now though. 😊

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    1. Absolutely! I’ve gone for the ‘benefit of the doubt’ approach here and assumed I got it by mistake, though somewhere along the line I suspect someone has been dishonest. Hopefully by using it for good I will bring positive vibes to it and wipe away any bad ones! Every little helps to bring goodness to this world. 😊

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      1. and if we feel our snap reaction to an event was incorrect then humbly admitting our fault can make even ‘bad’ responses a learning opportunity and shows others that we are not perfect and we will admit our faults. To admit our faults can be beneficial to not only ourselves but those we may have wronged. I love your very thoughtful post.

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