“Smile your special smile”, Sri said.
Special smile? , I wondered.
Yes the one which curls up your lips, make your eyes gleam and your face beam. Smile like that of a kid who has seen candy.
I laughed off his definition of smile, got lost in the moment and forgot all about it. 🙂
And then, few days back, on my way to work, I came across a couple in the metro train. The young bride was new to the city and he was pointing out the landmarks to her. In her eyes, I saw a childish glee and a soft smile played in his lips.
Oh!! , this is that special smile, I thought and I caught myself smiling. 🙂
Another time, while waiting at a restaurant, my eyes sought out a mother and her five year old son, sitting at a corner. The boy was telling her the numbers 1, 2, 3 till 50, that he had learned in school that day and she was listening to his every word. She pointed to a board and the little boy read out the alphabets ‘W’, ‘E’, ‘L’, ‘C’, ‘O’, ‘M’, ‘E’ one by one, and looked up at her with a puzzled expression. She read out “Welcome’ and the boy pronounced it slowly, till he finally got it right after a few tries. I saw the triumphant smile of the boy and a lopsided grin cum content smile of mother.
It was infectious, as I was smiling dreamily too 🙂 Then and there, I began my hobby of observing smiles and believe me, it is real fun.
The shy smile of my roommate when she receives her boy friend’s call, the mischievous smiles of my gang of girls after we pull off a prank on some friend, and then there is the naughty smile of my colleague who hides my cell phone every second hour. I learned that there is more to smile than curving of lips, it says more than what words could ever express. And there are different types of smiles too- the stupid smile, rickety smile, crooked smile, lousy smile, cautious smile, conscious smile, sloppy smile, envious smile and even the sad smile. 🙂
The beauty of each of these smiles is that with every smile comes another smile. It requires neither a context nor reason; it lights up the mood and spreads happiness. No wonder that, when we close our eyes and imagine our loved ones they are always smiling. Our best pictures have a big smile plastered all over our face. 🙂
I think a smile is so much a part of our identity, just like our personality. We have our own unique ways of smiling. Perhaps, different smiles each reflective of what we are feeling and what we want to express. If face is the mirror of our mind, then smile is definitely the door to our heart. 🙂
Smile often, may be a little more than often. After all, it’s a curve that can set a lot of things straight.
🙂 🙂 🙂