From the end of the first period until we left the rink, Mike had a smile on his face that wouldn't quit. I commented on his ‘contagious’ smile while we were getting him in the car. He didn't say a word, he just smiled bigger.It’s a huge process getting Mike in and out of the car (we don’t go out in the car very often). It takes a team. Madison and I did the lifting and lowering and positioning and my parents helped with taking the wheel chair apart and fitting it all in the trunk like puzzle pieces. Mike just smiled the whole time.
Earlier that day, I watched Mike watch Erin read our granddaughter, Leah, a book. It was a French book and Erin read the book to Leah in her usual enthusiastic way and Leah watched and listened as though she could understand every word. Mike watched and smiled. It was that same smile that said, “I am thoroughly enjoying myself.” It also spoke of being proud, happy and thankful.Mike has a great smile. It was one of the things that attracted me to him right away. He has no idea how his smile has impacted my life all these years. It has encouraged me, it has inspired me, and it has comforted me. When he smiles at me, it makes me feel really good and I can’t help but smile back. His smile is like a reward. It’s a special gift. It’s a warm and wonderful gesture of love. And now, when words are few, I appreciate his smile more than ever.
ALS has taken so much, but Mike’s smile is still intact and I am thankful!
"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing."
A smile is a universal symbol that means the same in every language. Smiling releases endorphins which make you feel good. It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. And, best for last –it looks good on you…so, keep smiling!