A Smile

Over the past few months, as I've pulled out of my driveway each morning, I've noticed a lady across the road waiting to be picked up. Even on the coldest, frostiest morning she's been sitting on her fence waiting. Recently I started smiling and waving at her as I've driven past. At first she looked at me with that "Do I know you?" kind of look, but today she waved back.

It's just a little thing, but hopefully it brightened both of our days (I know it did mine).

Several years ago I would often pass a car after I'd dropped my children at school and the driver would smile and wave enthusiastically. At first I thought she must have mistaken me for someone else because she looked so thrilled to see me yet I had no idea who this lady was - as far as I knew, we'd never met. Yet it kept happening. I remember thinking one day, "Lady, I don't know you but I sure wish I did!" I later found out that our children attended the same school, yet we had never spoken to each other. For years afterwards she would wave whenever we saw each other driving around town and it never failed to bring a smile to my face.

It doesn't take much to smile at someone. Even those who are shy and introverted (like myself) can do it. And as Mother Teresa said, "everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing."

So who are you going to smile at today?


Jen said…
So true. You never know how a smile can brighten a persons day :).
SchnauzerMom said…
A smile is a wonderful thing to share.
bunches of yarn said…
Oh, Jules! are you anywhere near that earthquake?
I'm praying for all of you.
Peace to you, ^__^
Jules said…
Bunches of Yarn, we're okay. We're far enough away to have only been woken from our sleep and not even making the connection until we heard the news. That Christchurch was the one affected is a surprise. Here's a link for those interested: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/image.cfm?c_id=1&gal_objectid=10671050&gallery_id=113677#7073399

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