Smile

She smiled at a sorrowful stranger
The smile seemed to make him feel better
He remembered past kindnesses of a friend
And wrote him a thank you letterthank-you-515514__180
The friend was so pleased with the thank you
That he left a large tip after lunch
The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip
Bet the whole thing on a hunch

The next day she picked up her winnings
And gave part to a man on the street
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The man on the street was grateful
For two days he’d had nothing to eat

After he finished his dinner
He left for his small dingy room
He didn’t know at that moment
That he might be facing his doom

On the way he picked up a shivering puppy
And took him home to get warm
The puppy was very grateful
To be in out of the storm

That night the house caught on fire
The puppy barked the alarm
He barked till he woke the whole household
And saved everybody from harm

One of the boys that he rescued
Grew up to be President
All this because of a simple smile
That hadn’t cost a cent

By Barbara Hauck

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