Ever have any of these?
The kind who truly think their face will crumble if they crack a smile?
Well, we have one. Just ONE, mind you... the only one we've ever had, and she's relatively new.. about eight months or so. In her early seventies.
I'll tell you, this woman LIVES to be miserable.. it's her life's mission. It looks like her frown is literally CARVED into her face.
Sooooooooooo... I have made it MY
mission and daily challenge to bring a smile to this little lady's face, no matter HOW much it hurts her !!!
Yep, I do my darndest to make her smile.. (and shhhhhhh... don't let this get out... but possibly even to make her LAUGH !)
:uhoh21: ... once a day.
Yes.. in spite of herself, and out of pure spiteful enjoyment on my part. :chuckle
Heh... so today she comes in, all grumbly and frowning as usual.. it's raining, and she despises the rain.. (but then she seems to despise just about ANYthing)... so I promptly ask her (in my most stern voice and serious expression) just who gave her permission to order all this rain? And that we sure would like to see a speck of sun at least ONCE in a great while!!!
Well, she was taken aback by that, and really looked at me kinda funny.. then before she knew it, she laughed !!!
Just as quickly, she realized she was laughing, and stopped.
Later , as she was waiting on the wheelchair van to pick her up, it really started coming down... and I mean in SHEETS ! I saw her angrily glance out the window at the pouring rain, and said... " * her name* , now aren't you glad you didn't come in here on your motorcycle today?"
Well, she must have thought I had totally lost it... she was stunned, and once again, before she knew it, that sheepish grin crept across her face, threatening to steal her gloom... and then it happed.. AGAIN !!! For the second time in one day, this woman LAUGHED !!! Just as soon as she did, however, she caught herself, frowned, looked down and put on her grumpiest face and said in her TRULY thick, country accent " I ain't NEVER rode no motorcycle.. "
heh heh heh
Wow.. what a rewarding day it was, indeed ! My efforts paid off. That was a first.. two laughs in one day !
So, to reward HER for her generosity, I made a point to accompany her out to the WC Van, holding an umbrella over her head. Secretly, she was tickled by this.. you could just "sense" it. Then as she was being hydraulically lifted up into the van, she looked at me, and said "what about you? Now you're getting all wet." (this little woman has never showed an ounce of concern for ANYone's wellbeing other than her OWN, mind you.)
I patted her hand with a big smile and replied.. "not too worry... I won't melt.. I'm not sweet enough."
And that time, she smiled.. a genuine, warm smile... the first I've ever seen from her.. it was even in her eyes.
Life is good.