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Tuesday Slice of Life : November 22, 2016.

It is early. The sun has not yet risen; windows are still black with night. Waiting at Gate A4, sipping a steamy, creamy morning coffee, I casually watch fellow passengers as they gather. That’s when I see her.

She is bent over slightly, seemingly weighed down by her long winter coat, a plaid in shades of burgundy and gray. Her yellowed white hair pulled back in a bun at the nape of her neck is mostly hidden under a soft burgundy beret. Her step is slow and halting, causing me to notice her soft winter boots. A travel bag is draped over her shoulder, but I don’t notice it’s color or design because at that moment she turns toward me, and I see her face.

Lined with living, her face carries memories of laughter and sorrow. Her eyes beneath the beret that’s pulled low on her forehead are clear. Surprisingly, they look younger than her hair or posture. I am drawn to the watery blueness of them, a sharp contrast to her olive complexion. Her mouth curves with a lingering smile.

She moves toward the gate and I glance away, but her voice draws me back. Melodiously her accent rises and falls against her words. And then she smiles—a flash that illuminates her face and bursts forth like rays of a winter sun. Under its warmth, the gate agent’s face relaxes and casts back a smile. Such a beautiful thing to behold!

Peace begins with a smile.  -
Mother Teresa

All people smile in the same language. -Proverb

A smile confuses an approaching frown.  -Author Unknown

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.  -Phyllis Diller

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. 
-Steve Maraboli

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.  -Charlie Chaplin

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.  -Thich Nhat Hanh

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. 
 -William Arthur Ward

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  –William Shakespeare, Othello

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.  -Mother Teresa

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. -Thich Nhat Hanh


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