I had quite a bit to smile about this week, but I decided to chose something a little funny. I don’t know, I was just in that type of mood ;)
Yesterday I was puttering around the house doing small odd jobs. The dogs were watching me very closely. I said, “In a few minutes I am going to t-a-k-e t-h-e d-o-g-s o-u-t-s-i-d-e.” I spelled the words very slowly so they wouldn’t be able to connect the sounds and make the words, but they jumped up and ran to the door. They started whining. Oh no, does that mean that the can spell now?
I played with the dogs in the back yard for a while and when they started to slow down I took them for a walk. Fiyero (the brindle boxer) brought his ball. At one point he dropped it and so I picked it up. As we were heading back, he started prancing and looking at me expectantly. I knew what he wanted.
“No, I will give it to you later.” He still glared. “Right after we cross that road there I will give it to you.”
Idina (the white dog with the black eye patch) was sniffing something, so Fiyero quit bugging me and joined Idina in the sniff-fest. Good. He’ll forget all about the ball.
And it seemed I was right. After sniffing he walked on as if he could care less about the ball.
Until we crossed the road I had pointed out.
As soon as we crossed it, he sat down and started staring at the ball. He wouldn’t budge until I gave it to him. I had promised. We had crossed the road. Time to put the money, or the ball, were my mouth was.
I held the ball out. He jumped up and took it from my hand, all happy.
So he trotted home, content with the ball in his mouth. Of course it meant that he had to play once we returned to the yard, but I was expecting that.
So that is my smile for the week, an intelligent dog that not only understands the implications of the words that I say, but seems to be able to spell as well ;)
(Edit – I just discovered that today (August 26) is National Dog Day!! Wow, double smile :) :) )
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small. Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile! Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).
Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.
You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.
Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)