Tuesday, November 1, 2016

366 Project - Day 306 - "Still Smiling"

November 01, 2016 - "Still Smiling"

A while back - maybe three or four years ago - my Dad was rushed to the hospital. As soon as we got the call that he was there we rushed down to Stamford from Danbury. I can't remember the exact reasons why, but for whatever reason he was not allowed to have flowers in his room... and couldn't have any snacks or treats. He was absolutely miserable! So, before making our way up to his room, we stopped off in the gift shop and bought him this brightly colored plush smiling-face flower... and a little football. The flower was to make him smile... the football was so he could play catch with the pretty nurses. I don't know if he ever used the football... but he did smile when he saw the flower. When were cleaning out his room last week I found both the flower and the football, together on the corner of his dresser - surrounded by photos of his seven grandchildren - and other little mementos he collected over the years. After all this time the flower was still smiling... and still works too, because seeing it there on his dresser brought a little smile to my face as well. Now the football rests on my dresser... and the flower is tucked in the corner of my prayer altar, so I will see it every single day and remember to smile.

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