I MET HER TODAY - THE WOMAN WHO HAS NEVER LAUGHED
Many many years ago when I was young and carefree, my best
friend made a comment that always stuck with me throughout my
life. After one of our many
good laughs about something, probably stupid, she said "Mustn't
it be awful to be a person who never laughs". I assured her
that there couldn't be a single person living on the planet
that didn't laugh sometimes and she said I was probably right
and the subject closed.
Today, I met her - that woman, the one who has never laughed.
In fact, I think she must think it is against the law to laugh,
smile even!! I have seen this person before - the first time
she looked at me daggers, but I just put it down to her having
a bad day. I have seen her several times since and her
expression has never changed. At first my instinct was to glare
back, but then I decided to do the complete opposite and I
smiled and said "hello". Needless to say she didn't return the
smile and I received no response to my salutation. Suddenly my
feelings of annoyance changed to pity - this lady must be very
sad, I thought, her life must have had many trials and
tribulations, or at least she would have mumbled a hasty"
hello" back. Instead she remained in her own unhappy world
oblivious to me or anything good around her. The sun was
shining, the birds were singing but she was unaware.
Each time I see her, I will smile and say "hello" and ,
perhaps, one day she will respond amicably. If she does that
day will be very special because I will know that just a simple
smile and a courteous gesture, will have shown her that someone
cares and, hopefully, changed, for just a little while, the way
she feels about her life.