My Smile Hides It All …
By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee/@GeeGranny on Twitter
Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
I am thinking of opening Tommy’s Chest … simply taking my hand to open the lid up. Each time I’ve tried in the past several years … I couldn’t raise the lid. My Heart was too heavy to let my hand open the chest.
Looking at me … you wouldn’t see that I carry the heaviest of weights a mother can. It’s pure grief, pain … you can’t see it at all. Isn’t that amazing … something that can weight someone down … yet, it can’t be seen?
I can hide it easily now … isn’t that amazing? I can smile … my smile hides my grief! A smile can hide something so big … heavy! If I’m hurting … I do each day of my life from past thoracotomy surgeries … I can smile … and a smile can hide the pain!
Think about it … a smile that you can’t hold in your hands … a smile that only your face can do … can … hide so much! A smile weighs nothing yet … it can hide something so heavy. Amazing.
I think about this and I’m amazed. Have you ever thought of such before reading this? How strong a smile is … yet, it weighs nothing. How it can lift up spirits … yet … all a mouth has to do … is smile.
A smile can make a person feel they are on Cloud 9 … like walking on air! A smile can warm one’s heart like a burning fireplace. A smile can bring comfort … makes one’s world right again.
A beautiful smile is worth its weight in gold. I know my whole world was brighter even from a stranger’s smile. It means the whole world.
I try to smile all the time … sometimes, I don’t … suppose someone didn’t smile back ? That hurts my feelings. Have you ever felt that way when you smiled at someone?
A smile is a powerful weapon. Think about it … when smiling in a good way … it’s like throwing a piece of wood onto a fireplace … all burns merrily … crackling, popping.
Imagine this … suppose someone didn’t like you … and something bad happened to you … and you see an evil smile come across their face. It would be awful … someone smiling an evil smile … it would be really bad.
I’ll tell you a type of smile I like … the unexpected smile someone smiles when you don’t think they will smile at all. That’s like a blast of warmth when you open the door to go inside from the cold.
I really like to smile … even when I hurt, feel bad … cry. No matter what I do … I’ve caught myself smiling. I do it to reassure others that I’m alright … everything’s going to be alright. I do it so that I don’t pull someone else’s mood down. I smile to hide things I don’t want anyone to see. My smile hides it all. 🙂
Note by this Author:
I’m smiling now … I’m not sad at all. I am a little under the weather with cold-like symptoms that happened a couple hours after taking the pneumonia shot. Sometimes … when I smile … I make my own self feel better.
I am going to try to open Tommy’s Chest in the near future. I don’t know if I’ll be able to. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Photo, story by Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.