The “Stay at home” order because of the Coronavirus has given people more time to connect and re-connect with family members and friends.

Last Wednesday, I enjoyed a Zoom call with a group “girls” I attended Frances Willard Elementary School, Roosevelt Junior High School, and/or Oak Park River Forest High School with. It was a treat seeing “girls” I had not seen in many years and a dear friend I have stayed in contact throughout the years. One of the “girls” asked about books we have enjoyed and  I offered several titles.

I also mentioned the fact that we were all smiling during the call. However, when we are out in public, wearing our masks, we cannot share our smile with others. I said that I needed to embroider a smile on the two masks that my niece made for me. With this observation, I said I would email one of my mother’s favorite poem that is entitled “Smile” to everyone.

Smile – Author Unknown
It takes but a moment,——
and the memory of it lasts forever.
It brings rest to the weary,
Cheer to the discouraged,
Sunshine to the sad, and
Is nature’s best antidote for trouble.

A Smile costs nothing, but gives much.
It enriches those who receive,
without making poorer those who give.
None is so rich and mighty
that he or she can be made rich by it.

A Smile creates happiness in the home,
Fosters good will in business, and
Is the countersign of friendship.
It can not be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen,
For it is of no value to anyone,
until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile,
Give them one of yours,
For no one needs the Smile more,
than he who has no more to give.

It takes 43 muscles to Frown, but only 17 muscles to Smile—keep Smiling and share your Smiles and this poem with others! 

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