Tania Luna- How a penny made me feel like a millionaire

In this touching talk, Tania Luna explains how she managed to turn moments in her deprived childhood into things of wonder.
Aged 6, Luna and her family were granted asylum in the United States. It was five years after the Chernobyl disaster, when Luna had spent nine months in hospital recovering.
As a child, Luna looked forward to things like bananas and chocolate in the U.S. When she found a penny on the ground of their homeless shelter, she assumed it must have been left there by a rich man. When they rescued a bag of cuddly toys from the trash some time later, she had more toys than shed ever had. Even today, being with her husband and watching their dog roll in grass evokes a huge sense of wonder for Luna.
This is an excellent and moving meditation on childhood moments. It reminds us to pull ourselves out of middle class worries and appreciate the small things in life.


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