The Optimist

Thanks to Denis Borris of Ontario, Canada for suggesting (and contributing so much!) to this section.

Smile Makers

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Joady I smiled inside...

...when my dad laughes at a joke I made or when he hugs me goodnight.
...when my baby sister used my hand to rub her eyelids when she was sleepy.
...the time I caught a butterfly with my bare hands and let it fly away in front of the next door neighbor kids and they all said, "WWWWOOOOOWWWWW!!!"
...when I get a letter from my Grandma and how she always signs it, ‘Loads of love’.
...when I watched my dad help my little brother learn to ride the new two wheeler he got for his birthday.
...when my brother and I went out for ice-cream and we ended up going Christmas lights watching while we were out.
...the time when my dad and I sang along with the beach boys on the car radio when we got lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood at night.
...when my friend (I call him my big brother) gives me noogies and playfully teases, "You’re just too happy all the time!"
...when my dad, my brother and I went camping and we played Roger Miller songs all night.
...when my little brother first tried to mow the lawn and he kept making figure 8’s.

Denis Borris When I saw
...the rough t-shirted tatooed taxi driver brake and wait for the black squirrel to cross the street,
...the fat sweaty traffic cop stop traffic in order to wave at the kid looking out with his face flat against the back door window,
...the busy rushing waitress stop and wipe the dripping milk off the high-chaired baby's chin,
...the vivacious perpetual-motion gal rush to the wallphone, dial and out-loud with "just wanted to tell you once more I love you",
I smiled inside.

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Created: Monday, November 27, 1995 - 10:24:22 PM by 'liz. miller for CyberEd
Last Updated: July 18, 1998