Publisher: Mark Gilroy Communications
Keep on Smiling
by Kitty Chappell
She is clothed with strength and dignity’
She can laugh at the days to come.
Bailey, our five-year-old granddaughter, wiped the cleansing cream from around my eyes, part of our pre-prayer ritual before retiring. Peering closer at my skin, she exclaimed, “Grandma Kitty, you have way too many wrinkles!” Only that morning I’d come to the same depressing conclusion.
“You’ve got to stop smiling so much!” she added.
Always looking for potential learning lessons, I replied, “Grandma will never stop smiling.”
“How do you feel when someone smiles at you?”
“I think they like me.”
“That’s why I’ll never stop smiling.”
“Okay, Grandma, you can smile all you want to.”
What was meant to be a learning lesson for Bailey taught me a wonderful truth about self-acceptance and worth.
Our lack of wrinkles will never spread joy, but our smiles will.
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Published in Smiles by Mark Gilroy Communications, 2004 (p 50)
Published also in Smiles for My Friend by Mark Gilroy Communications, 2004 (p 70)