Kick start your day with a good breakfast

Smiles For Breakfast

on December 4, 2013

Stop reading this now if your approach to morning is a low moan as you burrow further down under the covers.

For those of us who could run the coffee maker with our morning energy, consider how many smiles you get each morning. My first is usually Grace’s whose sleepy yawn and a speedy trip to the curb so she can get back inside for a welcome bowl of kibble brings on my first smile of the day.

Then comes Chuck, if he hasn’t left for work at 5:30 a.m. Thank God for a husband who’s predictably easy-going. Makes for a happy family.

chuck, beth and grace with asters

I get a lovely smile from the Bangladeshi newsagent who is particularly flirty when I buy $8.00 worth of news (Financial Times, New York Post, The New York Times, and Wall Street Journal–Chuck takes his “nutrition” in the morning mentally).

This morning, I got a wide smile from the bagman who also visits this newsstand. He held the door for me, I said, “Thanks! Good morning, how are you?” “Fine,” he replied, “how are you?” “Just great, thanks!” The smile got wider.  “Do you have any spare change?” Oh…I thought it was my sparkling personality.

The last of the smiles come just before I descend into the International Republic of Testiness, aka IRT, at Strawberry Fields where tourists from around the world gather, lay flowers, and take photos around the “Imagine” mosaic. John Lennon, known to be testy at times, could be either smiling or moaning in whatever Elysian fields he’s now inhabiting.




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