Updated: January 27, 2013 6:07AM
Dr. Wallace: Michael and I had been dating for over three months. We attend the same high school, and both of us are active in extra-curricular activities. Basically, Michael is a good guy with a nice personality. I liked him a lot, and I’m positive he felt the same way about me.
Two weeks ago, we went to a movie and went to a restaurant for a snack afterwards. After paying the bill, Michael saw a penny on the floor. He picked it up and in a loud voice said, “I found a penny; now I’m rich!” A lot of people looked and started laughing, and I was embarrassed.
On the way home, Michael said I was overreacting. I said that he showed no class by picking up a penny. He said, “Maybe you shouldn’t be going out with a penny pincher,” and I said, “I don’t think I will, so don’t contact me any more.” And he hasn’t!
Please tell me whether you think I overreacted or if Michael made a fool of himself. I don’t believe you have ever heard of a couple breaking up over a penny.
Nameless, Toledo, Ohio
Nameless: In most disagreements, there is shared blame, but in your case, I blame you more than Michael. You made a big “deal” over something that was a small “deal.” I believe that you overreacted. If he had found a gold coin instead of a penny, would you have reacted the same way?
Never underestimate the value of a penny! We often say, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” We sing about them (“Pennies from Heaven”), and we only charge “a penny for your thoughts.”
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