Thursday, 31 May 2012

Thank you for the smiles

It was a beautiful sunny Tasmanian autumn day today and our backyard was full of bird life to observe and smile about: 3 Tawny Frogmouths sleeping in a tree, Cockatoos & Bronzewings feeding from the seed trays,a pair of Ravens making their daily visit plus an assortment of other species going about their business. It was the Tawny Frogmouths that made me smile the most today, because they were squashed up together in a fork of the tree trying their very best to look like another branch. We often go outside at dusk to watch them stir and take off for a night's hunting. We also have frogs in our yard, but perhaps the Frogmouths know that already! Other memorable smile moments today: chatting with my husband over a morning cuppa, a delivery driver who smiled and didn't complain about having to work today, a smile and wave from our neighbor as we both got in our cars, the young lady on the supermarket checkout who accidentally pulled a lid off a tub as she passed it through the scanner, the lady behind me at the checkout when I gave her those supermarket school sticker, teaching a friend the basics on the ukulele and seeing her joy at being able to immediately play a few songs, my husband arriving home from work and spending an evening together, and numerous other smiles at thoughts, sights and sounds during the day. A special day? Yes, every day is special, so is every smile. I'll close with a poem I wrote in 2009 called "Smile" If I say and do silly things it's all worth while If just for a moment I can make you smile Allow me to give you a little advice Frowns make you look ugly, but a smile looks nice! Make that frown disappear and in its place Let a smile spread out across your face! Even if just for a moment forget your woes Put a smile on your face; just under your nose! You'll be quite surprised once it's there That it's such an easy thing to wear. There's no need to put it away: You can leave it there for the rest of the day. And if there's an occasion it needs to hide You can wear a smile on the inside!