Smile Like You Know Me



I had to use Sheryl Crow’s smile from “If it Makes You Happy” because it is incredibly sexy.

Today’s Perfect Moment is smiles. Twice today people smiled at me like they knew me, when I am quite certain that they didn’t.  My memory for people is not great since the sheer number of students I have had has made that impossible–a fact I had to face when a student of just a few years ago met me on Friday as she was visiting the school to relive some memories.  I couldn’t remember her, but did remember writing a congratulations on her facebook notice of her marriage…..once she told me she had recently got married.

The first might have been simply a good morning smile, but hopefully seemed more flirtatious than that. My walk from the subway station to my place or work had gone badly.  I had a dispute with the straps of another person’s yoga mat and did not at all feel the victor.  On top of the Monday morning grumbles and forlorn look, I had to contend with that.  However, a bright smile managed to save the day.  I returned it in kind, but I am not confident that smile is a winner.  Nevertheless, I walked to work a much happier person.

The second was on the commute home. A lovely pregnant lady had the seat almost opposite mine.  Neither one of us was comfortable on the warm bus.  Neither one of us had good seat partners–but I’ve written about that before.  You know I rarely have luck in that department.  Hers and mine changed several times throughout our trip, but none afforded either of us any room in the him area.  As for the bus itself, apparently 4:30pm is the time to start drinking on the bus.  This is as opposed to 6:00am, which is time to get high before work.  Our eyes met and we smiled.  I think we both understood the absurdity of it all.  The rest of the hot, beer smelling, noisy, heavy-guy sitting beside me ride went much better.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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9 Responses to Smile Like You Know Me

  1. Heide says:

    Shared misery is misery halved, isn’t it? I’m glad you and the pregnant lady were there to remind each other of the absurdity of it all, Anthony. And I bet that little moment made her day, too!

  2. Hunida says:

    I’m sorry I had a laugh about you fighting with someone’s yoga mat straps 😂

  3. Quinn says:

    I definitely feel a stranger’s smile can brighten your day. I try to remember this if I feel a scowl forming for any reason!

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  5. This is a lovely post which has inspired me to smile a lot more, to anyone and everyone. Smiles make the world go round 🙂

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