MIAGD: Share a Smile

MIAGD: Make it a great day

I was born into a smiling family. In fact, as a kid I can remember hearing folks commenting on my mother’s smile, as well as other smilers in our family.

Smiling always came naturally for me and I still find it quite easy. It’s much like breathing.

1977, as I entered 7th grade, I returned home one day complaining to Mother I didn’t like one teacher because she never smiled.

Mother, in her very Pollyanic manner, asked, “Have you shared your smile with her?”

Ummm. No.

Not long after the conversation I was in class and completed my test early. The teacher, looking around as she proctored the exam, looked directly at me. Eye to eye.

I smiled.

She smiled.

Forty one years later, via her Facebook page, I still see her smile.

I don’t believe I made the difference, necessarily, but it was an excellent study for my thirteen year old self to explore.

For students and casts, I share this advice:

“If you see someone along your life’s journey who needs a smile, share your smile.

If you see someone along your life’s journey who could use a hug, share your hugs.

If you see someone on your life’s journey who needs some color in their life, share your crayons.”


And, always make it a great day.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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