Today was a smiling day. Wait, that makes it sound as though I only grin once a year. Make that a “smile at strangers” day.
I thought it would be easier for me this time because I’ve tried this smiling thing on several other days. But no, it’s just as nerve wracking each time I do it. Especially if I really go for it and throw in a little eye contact. Very tricky business — not for any of you first-timers out there.
The fact of the matter is, not everyone welcomes a complete stranger smiling at them on the street and I try to be sensitive to that. The only reason I’m doing it, after all, is to extend a friendly greeting to passersby.
If you ever find yourself hiking on the steep mountain paths in Switzerland, the hikers there traditionally give you a little nod as you pass and greet you with the local dialect for “Go with God.”
I try to conjure up that warm memory as I approach a passing teen who has white wires coiling out of her ears. I buck up my courage and smile and nod and … also try eye contact (the triple combo). I don’t get a smile back, but that’s okay.
Maybe she was smiling on the inside!
For any “Archie” fans out there, here’s something to put a smile on your face.
The hot new single “Crush” from … you guessed it … David Archuleta. Enjoy!