The weekly Five Minute Friday word prompt for this week is “smile.”

When I was in college, my friend “Chewy” (his last name was Chewakin) gave me the nickname “Smiley.” Whenever I heard “Smiley” I knew he was calling out for me. His friendship was a gift. Sadly Chewy committed suicide. It was such a loss to our community. I have never let anyone call me “Smiley” since Chewy gave me that name.

He told me that I always had a smile on my face so that’s why he gave me that nickname. I do like to smile. In fact, it’s one of my favorite features.

I don’t smile when I’m sad or upset, so I don’t smile all the time. I’m reminded of the quote “Don’t cry because it’s over, but smile because it happened.” There are situations in life that I don’t think this always applies (our current pandemic) to but for the most part it’s true.

*I smile….at Luna and Neville. I smile at new books. I smile at a rainbow after the rain. I smile when I get to spend time with those I love. I smile at the little things.

What is making you smile in these days?

11 thoughts on “Smiley

  1. Tara, I am so sorry for that loss. May I say that in your thumbnail…I LOVE your smile? I really do. You make me feel warm, and good, and…well, loved.

    They say I have a silly grin
    at the most unlikely things,
    but seeing that, it helps joy win
    and gives the heart unlikely wings.
    It’s not that I’m a happy soul;
    my heart has gone so far past joy
    that smilin’, I am on a roll
    and cancer’s a bright shiny toy
    that doth reflect the face of God
    like a a funhouse mirror does,
    and though the world may find it odd,
    this, for me, is a big plus
    because in life it’s really best
    when you and God share private jest.

  2. I hope that one day you will be at ease with being called ‘Smiley’ again…And yes I agree we don’t smile all the time, we can be genuine with our emotions. I too smile at the little things – just now my old, slow, dog was snoozing at my feet, and his legs were ‘running’ in his sleep, that made me smile, in life he doesn’t often run now but in his dreams he was running! 🙂

  3. I smile at my grandchildren 🙂 Their joy and laughter is infectious.

    I am sorry for your loss. May you cherish the memories you have and may they bring you comfort.

  4. Something about your post made me think of the movie Elf. All I could see was Buddy saying “I just like to smile; smiling’s my favorite.” That movie always makes me smile. =) But, if we’re being honest, smiling is not always my favorite. I try to be aware of my countenance, but smiling is not my default expression. I’m working on it, though, and I pray God helps me smile more today.

    FMF #16, Amie

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