Social acceptable language is not entirely within my father’s grasp at this point in his life.  So I wasn’t even remotely surprised when he pointed to another resident of the nursing home.  “I hate her.  She’s always a crab.”

I glanced toward the woman at whom he was scowling.  Sure enough.  She returned his scowl with one of her own.  She looked fierce.

When she looked my way, I decided to try a different approach.  I grinned.  Instantly, her expression changed to a big smile.

The next time you find yourself waiting in line, try smiling at someone.  Maybe you could smile at the harried cashier.  Or the woman ahead of you in line with the toddler.  Sometimes the person facing you just needs a reason to smile.  Why not be that reason?