Apparently the first Friday in October is National Smile Day. Who knew? I thought I might try to embrace the sentiment by smiling at everyone. It started badly. I frightened my teenage daughter by beaming at her over breakfast – she’s not a morning person! She called me a freak and stormed off taking her toast with her to her bedroom. So I tried a different approach with my son (who is also not a morning person) and suggested that he smile a bit more during the course of his day. ‘Not doing it’ he responded. ‘Not doing anything that involves being annoyed at breakfast.’ Defeated, I went upstairs and smiled at my husband as he packed his briefcase. ‘How much does it cost?’ he asked, anticipating a costly purchase. At that point I called it a day and I wrote this Limerick to mark the event.
A handsome young fellow named Giles
Tried to win some young girls with his smile
But his smirk was so scary
It made the girls were wary
And his advances were cruelly reviled.