I was grocery shopping with my daughter yesterday and the lovely lady at the checkout spoke to Xanthe and smiled at her. Xanthe chattered back and smiled and waved goodbye.
As I pushed the trolley out to the car, Xanthe, with a blissful smile on her face, said “I’m so happy”. “That’s lovely” I said, “why are you so happy?”
“That lady made me happy” she said.
“Oh, that’s sweet. I think you made her very happy too” I said. And I could almost see the lightbulb go on for my daughter. She smiled that blissful smile again and remained deep in thought for some time.
Later that day, she said hello to another lady and the lady smiled back. Xanthe was overjoyed! “I made her happy!” She said triumphantly.
Today she smiled at my son’s teacher and got a smile and hello in return. She excitedly turned and told me, “look, I made her smile!”
I love that that Xanthes new favourite thing to do is to make someone smile.
“People with dimples have a divine role in this universe: smile!” ~Toba Beta