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Happy Guy 1

This boy makes people smile everywhere we go. From the stroller he catches peoples’ eyes as we walk down the street. “Hi there” they say, “what a happy guy”, grinning in surprise, their tired, distracted faces momentarily transformed. Waiting in line to return a duffel bag, he is perched on my hip, checking out everyone ahead of us. I see first one, then another person break into a wide smile. An older, balding man with twinkling, blue eyes starts making silly noises and Basil breaks into loud, delighted giggles, causing all of us in line to laugh.

1 comment

  1. Megsie

    02/06/2013 at 9:47 pm

    That sweet kid of yours…I am sure he makes EVERYONE around him smile. I am smiling now, in fact! Babies and Toddlers have that effect on people. I remember how Sarah used to work the room. Man. She had it goin’ on! Everyone would stop and talk to her. Once when we were out to dinner at a little dive bar, she looked up with a wide smile at some random person walking by and they didn’t say anything to her. She followed him? her? with her eyes and when they were not really out of ear-shot she said something like, “Why didn’t they say hi to me mommy?” Sad. She got her first taste of NOT being the center of the universe. Oh. And then I had twins. Then it was OVER. Is it weird that I totally want to kiss those cute cheeks on Basil? Because I totally do.


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