Waiting at a red light the other day, I was kind of daydreaming and staring off into space ... I was a passenger, so this was okay. Anyway, there were two women walking at a leisurely pace along the sidewalk, probably age fifty-five and seventy years or so. I looked at the younger woman, her expression was so stern, almost angry. I met her eyes with my own ... and smiled.
She smiled in return. The simple gesture transforming her face from average to lovely. Her features suddenly seemed animated and young, and her dark eyes sparkled.
The light changed and we drove on.
Her smile is still vivid in my mind days later. Such a simple thing. I smiled at her ... and she gave me joy. What a beautiful gift.