Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg
When I was visiting Mom last month, I took a lot of pictures, did a lot of walking, observing, and contemplating life. Outside her building, there is a lovely fountain that provides a bit of ambience and a respite for thirsty birds. After my morning walk/run, I would sit on the shaded bench, cooling off and thinking about my day.
Now, those of you that know me already know that there is always a song or a show tune in my head. So, when I stood up to go inside one morning, I noticed that there were two pennies in the fountain. Well, that just wasn’t right! There must be three coins , because I started singing, “Three coins in the fountain.” (I’m sure if you are younger than 60, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about.) I went upstairs, grabbed a penny from my purse, and returned to the fountain to make a wish and sing a show tune. ( Yes, I’m a nut!)
There were only two, now there are three.
Frank Sinatra sang it for the movie, but Doris Day did much better. No offense to Frank. I adore Frank.
Three Coins in the Fountain is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Jean Negulesco and starring Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Rossano Brazzi, and Maggie McNamara. Written by John Patrick, the film is about three American women working in Rome who dream of finding romance in the Eternal City.
The film’s main title song “Three Coins in the Fountain” (sung by an uncredited Frank Sinatra) went on to become an enduring standard. The story was adapted by John Patrick from the novel Coins in the Fountain by John H. Secondari. It was made in Italy during the “Hollywood on the Tiber” era.