“Smiles Are Contagious”


“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” by Mother Theresa.  Love is powerful, it can transform a bleak existence to one full of life.

I’ve seen before and after photos of children that were malnourished and unloved in orphanages, then adopted, loved and cared for. The difference in these photos is mind boggling. The before photos are painful to see, I don’t want to believe children have to know this kind of pain. They show 6 year old children wearing size 3 clothing, bony extremities covered in sallow skin, and their eyes revealing little emotion. The after photos show the children with filled out faces and bodies, wearing more age-appropriate sized clothing. But, what really grabs your attention in these after photos, is the smile. That smile is filled with the beautiful child’s energy, and you can see it in the child’s entire being. Food will plump a child up, but only love will give that special light to a child’s smile.

Many people have a natural affection for children and adults with Down syndrome. You already know the answer why. As Wil’s mother, I hear it all the time. People tell me how they’ve worked with people with Ds, have a relative with Ds, or a friend with Ds, and every, single person tells me how loving their relationships have been. Its not because people with Ds don’t get angry and frustrated like anyone else, but what’s different, is they give their love and affection freely, without discrimination.

No matter how prickly someone is, Wil will give them a hug, and I have never seen a person not receive it well. So many of us have ulterior motives, and it comes from being hurt. If we give a smile or a hug, we expect one back, dammit!  Wil would love a hug back, and because people innately feel the pureness of it, they give one back. We are stopped so many times in public places, simply because of Wil’s presence. His smile and love are completely pure. People see it and feel it, and instinctively respond to it.

Mother Theresa made a point to go out every day, and try to make someone who felt unloved, loved. What better gift than that? She had a pureness of heart, without ulterior motive, that makes love easy to receive. There was no expectation of receiving anything in return, her goal was to give love. But, ironically, when this expectation is gone, the exact opposite happens. Not only did Mother Theresa receive love back, the recipient of her love, and every other person this transformed being came in contact with, received love. They were no longer spreading hurt and feelings of destitution, but from this single contact, they spread more love.

A smile is a start to spreading love, and its easy. Smile as you pass a stranger on the street today, without expecting one back. Who knows, they may have really needed that smile at that very moment. Even if your smile doesn’t get one in return, it always fills us with a little more happiness, and we can always use some more of that.

Love, peace and happiness to you this Valentine’s Day and every day!



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kodiak My Little Grizzly
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 01:56:48

    What a beautiful boy! Lovely smile… It’s understood in every language and every walk of life. 🙂 keep smiling Wil xxooxx


  2. Christie
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 18:37:22

    Thank you! I love your language comment, so true!!


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