Hope that you all are enjoying the holidays or what’s left of them.
I was in the shops with my mum one day last week and was horribly bored. I’d much rather be out in the sunshine, digging in my garden or doing other cool stuff than trawling around a stupid mall. But my mum likes going shopping. My dad is one sneaky dude – he usually manages to avoid going with mum. He always has urgent “other” stuff to do.
Anyway, I was sitting on a bench watching people and do you know – nearly none of those people were smiling. Everybody had various different looks on their faces. Some looked worried. Some looked sad. Some looked cross and some looked so angry their eyebrows were nearly smouldering into their noses.
It was rather interesting. Even most of the kids were stomping along with faces like thunderclouds. I could hear some whinging that they wanted things that they were obviously not getting.
There was an old auntie standing on the other side of the walkway asking for money. She smiled at everybody who dropped some coins in her cup and thanked the people.
But most of those people did not even look at her again.
A droopy looking young lady walked passed and looked at me. I smiled sweetly at her.
Immediately she smiled back.
Ah hah! An experiment. I love experiments.
I tried smiling at more people. Big smiles and little smiles. Most people smiled back at me.
When mum came out of the shop I smiled at her.
She looked at me. “Oh oh Sibo!” She said. “What have you done now? Why are you smiling like that?”
I wiped the smile off my face and put on my hurt look. “Mum!” I exclaimed. “I was smiling at you because I love you. I have not done a single naughty thing. I promise.”
I did not consider experimenting smiles on people as being naughty.
She looked a bit doubtful and then she smiled back at me. “I love you too Sibo,” she said.
I took her hand and we walked off, smiling at all the people we saw.
Let’s make the world a happier place and smile more.
Cool word for the week: Agitated
Meaning: Feeling or appearing troubled or nervous.
Example: A whole lot of people were looking very agitated because the shop had run out of chocolate eggs.