Eleven O’Clock Smiles In Catalunya

by Becky on November 15, 2012 · 2 comments

in Fun, Parenting, Traditions, Travel

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I saw these smiles today, and I wanted to eat them, just swallow them down to see if having three big, toothy grins rolling around inside me would pump up my own smile.

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I decided that if there’s ever a time that I can look at these photos of our day in the Catalunyan countryside and not burst out laughing, I should check to see if I have a pulse.

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Just before I said goodbye to my older son nearly three months ago, I challenged him to smile big, everyday, for a whole year, just to see how it felt. He immediately warmed to the idea, and we decided to call the effort 365 Smile. Sometimes we exchange stories about the people we trade smiles with. I actually still remember some of the faces those smiles belong to.

Man, it feels good to watch people get their smiles out.

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Feels just as good to remember that I have one too.

Val November 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I love the 365 Smile idea! We’ve tried doing an act of service every day…but haven’t been consistent (probably because I failed to give it a cool name!)…perhaps this would be a more do-able place to start.

Becky November 16, 2012 at 12:09 am

Val, I’m rather chagrined to say that for me, being consistent is always linked to whether I personally find something manageable. And my goals are often way out of the manageable range–a function of being a lofty thinker but a poor planner. I figured I could probably count on myself to smile everyday. It wasn’t going to take spread sheets and pie graphs to orchestrate that. What’s delightful is having people make eye contact and smile back, often with a look of noticeable surprise, which has prompted me to ask myself whether we’re so busy being busy that we seldom smile anymore at all. The son who started this little effort with me has a megawatt smile, and I wanted him to deploy it for maximum effect–that is, to really brighten people up. But remembering to smile has had a happy effect on me, too. Surprising how big the return on investment is!

Smiles!

Becky

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