My grandfather had a popular saying that went something like this,”A frown is just a smile upside down.” He never waited for almost any reason to grin, he just smiled.
In reality, thinking about it now, I don’t ever remember seeing my grandfather frown. I am sure he did, because we all do. However, it wasn’t a main portion of his life.
Whenever the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage sends me to the supermarket, I usually notice most people have an upside down smile. A number of them look like they have worked very difficult to get it. Me, I walk around grinning.
Occasionally I will have to do something to make a person smile. I know I need to do something to change that situation.
I notice when walking around smiling and looking at people right in their eyes, I usually get a smile in return. Then I will smile at the people smiling back at me that do not have some understanding of why they’re smiling. They’re smiling because a smile is contagious and they don’t know it.
Recently my wife was worried about animal removal company ; I forget what it was now. She was thinking and thinking and I could see she was trying to address some kind of a problem. She is a great problem solver.
Her demeanor was fairly down, her face had one of those upside down smiles and I knew she was working on something quite serious. I had two options. Either, I go together with her upside down smile or I flip things around and find the smile going. The only means to do this is not saying anything, just grin.
If I’m good at anything, it’s smiling outrageously at nothing at all.
The situation demanded that I do something. Therefore, whenever she came into the living room where I was sitting I would smile outrageously to her.
After coming in several times she finally stopped, put both hands on her hips and said,”Why are you smiling?” At that point, I knew I had her. What I do next is very important if I am going to turn her frown upside down.
“Oh,” I said while laughing,”I was just thinking about what one of the grandchildren said another day.” All I must mention is the word”grandchildren,” and I got her into my claws.
Her hands dropped off her hips, she walked over, sat down looking at me constantly and said,”What about the grandchildren?” As she stated that she was smiling and if I can get her smiling long enough, she will forget about what she was frowning about.
From the time I was done, she was laughing and said,”Oh, those grandchildren. Aren’t they the best grandchildren in the world?”
Not only are smiles contagious, but they also have a healthy element to it. For the remainder of the day all I needed to do was grin when she passed me and she smiled back because I knew she was thinking about these grandchildren.
Personally, I do not spend much time with the upside down smile. I like to get my world straightened up and love it. I do not know how long I have to live, but I certainly want to die smiling. I want people coming to my casket, looking at me and walk away asking themselves,”What is he smiling about?”
On occasion, I like going to a restaurant by myself and have a cup of coffee. I like to sit in a rear corner somewhere so that I can check out what is happening.
1 thing I noticed is that most waitresses don’t smile too much. I know they have a hard job to do and hardly any people appreciate them. My aim in a restaurant of that nature would be to leave the restaurant with everybody smiling. What does it take for somebody to smile?
1 time I went up to the cash register to pay my bill and noticed that the woman behind the cash register was not smiling. I was thinking she had been having a hard day. Then an idea snuck in the corridors of my mind.
“My waitress explained that if I said to you how nice you look today, you would give me a discount.”
Much to my surprise, she did give me a discount on my lunch. I was not expecting that and therefore I was grinning all the way to my car.
If that’s correct, and it’s, I would like a doctorate in smileology and as far as I know, nothing can cure laughter-itis.