My New Year’s Resolution……….

Smile more. Yep, that’s it…. smile more.

I’ll smile at a stranger and I’ll smile at a friend
I’ll smile many times each day until each day does end
I’ll smile over nothing and I’ll smile with good cause
I’ll smile at the greatness and I’ll smile at the flaws
I’ll smile at the failures, as well as all success
I’ll smile during good times and the times I’m feeling stress
My smile will be infectious and I hope it will allure
So that maybe all my smiles will some others soon procure.

Al Hood – December 2011

Writing this poem reminds me of a little ditty that my mother used to recite to my brother and me when we were little. It has to do with New Year’s resolutions and smiles, so it seems appropriate to recount it here. I hope I am remembering correctly. Anyway, here goes:

The snowman’s hat was crooked,
And his nose was out-of-place.
And several of his whiskers,
Had fallen from his face.

But the snowman didn’t notice,
For he was trying to think
Of a New Year’s resolution,
From which he wouldn’t shrink.

He thought and planned and pondered,
With his little snowball head,
‘Til his eyes began to glisten,
And his toes began to spread.

“At last”, he said, “I’ve got it,
I’ll make a firm resolve,
No matter what the weather is,
My smile will not dissolve!”

The snowman acted wisely,
His resolution won,
For his splinter smile was wooden,
And it didn’t mind the sun.