I was out watering my ferns and redwoods this afternoon when this came to me:


They warm my heart and spirits
And never go out of style
Like the beaming ones that couples show
As they walk together down the aisle

Nearly all are wonderful
But some mean so much more
Such as those from a loving family
When you walk through the front door.

Some reflect favorite memories
From the first on a babyโ€™s face
To the those shared by parents
When they feel a child’s embrace

The proud but sometimes sad ones
When the children have all grown
Packed up and moved out
To build lives of their own.

The kind a surgeon wears
After a long and hard fight
That says theyโ€™re going to pull through
And everything will be alright.

They are so often present
When I travel down Memory Lane
Think back to favorite scenes
And experience them again.

–Russ Towne

About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and the beauty of kindness and nature.
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18 Responses to Smiles

  1. (smiling too) they are disarming and put people at ease and bring comfort and hope and…..

  2. Paws To Talk says:

    This so lovely Russ! We find a smile always helps every situation.
    Bella and DiDi

  3. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Love it, Russ. Told you it was addictive! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Rhonda says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ smiles all ’round. and yes, it’s the smallest of gestures but can make such a huge impact on our day…and our memories. lovely

  5. JanBeek says:

    Smiles given and smiles returned are a universal language. What a gift! Thank you, Russ ;o)

  6. Professions for PEACE says:

    Absolutely delightful! Thank you so much for sharing the brightness in your heart Russ. Your smiles are a beacon to us all. You always brighten my days! Hugs, Gina ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. mindfuldiary says:

    Liked it a lot Russ! ๐Ÿ˜›

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