Image via Wikipedia"A penny for your thoughts," I said.
"Heads," she said.
"We're still talking pennies?"
"Yes," she said. "When I toss a coin, I always flip a penny."
"You don't toss quarters?" I asked.
"A head is a head. Shiny or not."
"You toss a head with a beard on it, whereas I toss a non-beard head."
"Most Presidents didn't have beards," she said. "Did you know that?"
"I didn't know that."
"We went through a phase I think in the 1800s where every President had a beard."
"That's why Andrew Johnson always stood out," I said. "He had no beard in the midst of beards."
"Do you want tails?"
"I always choose tails then head."
Heads, she corrected.
"Do other countries flip their heads of states too?" I wondered. "Do they have coins with beards?"
"Castro -- does he have a coin of himself in Cuba? Did Saddam Hussein--the bearded, later version--have a commemorative coin made? That's what I heard. I heard Hussein knew he would be going into hiding and ordered a coin made of himself with a beard."