Thankful for Smiles

joyful woman in purple scarf and brown coat

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.


Thich Nhat Hanh

In these days of protecting ourselves from the coronavirus, it’s sometimes hard to tell if anyone is smiling. After all, our mouths may be upturned, but no one can see past our masks!


She wrote love with her smile and magic with her eyes.

Giovannie de Sadeleer

But maybe we’re not looking in all the right places. Imagine our surprise when we checked in at The Charlotte Hotel in Onancock, Virginia, and opened the door to our room. And there it was — a stained glass window smiling back.

Stained glass window -- the Charlotte Hotel

So now, after finding a smile where we least expected, we’re on the lookout for more. Maybe we all should be. And while we’re at it, let’s count our blessings, even though this year has been fraught with sickness, election year turmoil, and personal problems related to the collapse of everything we took for granted.

Not much to smile about in 2020. But then again, do ducks ever smile?

Look for smiles. Share a smile. And be grateful for happiness wherever you find it.

Sidewalk at St. Michaels Crab and Steakhouse
A sidewalk smiling up at us — Crab and Steakhouse, St. Michaels, MD

We’re thankful for you, our readers, and for the many blessings we count so dear.

A smile is a curve that sets everything right.

Phyllis Diller

Happy Thanksgiving 2020! And keep those smiles coming.

Rusha & Bert

11 thoughts on “Thankful for Smiles

  1. Anonymous

    I’m thankful I found your beautiful, interesting and informative blog! So happy to be connected after all these years! We’re not traveling but can feel like we are when we read your blog and smile! Happy Thanksgiving! ❤️

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