BFF 220 : A Reason To Smile
The last thing I wanted was to fall in love with her. I just knew it was going to lead to trouble. She would leave and my heart would be broken.
I was in Kalkaska with a couple of friends when I got the news, I was out of town with friends. I was filled with mixed emotions. I wanted her to “stew” for another week. Just leave things alone, everything will happen in its proper time.
Bob sent me a text and left me a voice message. She came in the middle of the night. She came, knowing full well her plan. She emerged with stealth to steal our hearts.
She is our fourth grandchild. A special needs child, who may undergo surgery in the next few days. I didn’t want to love her until I knew everything would be alright. But really, there are no guarantees. So, why wait? As I touched her tiny leg, the tears of joy ran down my face. I fell in love against my will and smiled with tears.
You ask for a reason to smile. Depends on the smile. There is a difference in smiles and the intent behind them. My eyes fill with tears of joy and tenderness when I smile about my grandchildren. My shoulders straighten and my head tilts upward when I smile about my children. My eyes fill with loyalty and care when I smile for my family. My head tilts and my thoughts drift to younger days when I smile for my friends.
Smiling with patience, I tend to lose my lips….it is more of the pursed look I remember seeing on my grandmother when I was too loud. I see the grass grow and I smirk a knowing smile. I watch the neighborhood children grow and I purse my lips, knowing they are learning too.
I raise my face to the sun, and smile a broad grin, in the warm months. Bracing myself against the winds of Autumn, I smile inward knowing the coldest months are yet to come.
Life makes me smile, for I would much rather have laughter lines than frown lines. People make me smile for the inane juvenile actions. Smiling, laughter, joy and happiness are all the attributes which make life worth living. It amazes me the number of people who choose, on a daily basis, not to be happy and smile.
With four beautiful grandchildren, how can anyone refrain from smiling? Hugs and laughter are the true manna for the soul.