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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Smile program






















"Most smiles are started by another smile." ~Author Unknown

So let's see how many smiles we can get today. So far, I have gotten everyone in the barnyard to smile, except Paco, but he did wink at me. The hens are already sleeping so I will smile at them tomorrow. Huck never stops smiling. I also smiled at many people today when I went to the feed store, the fabric store and the food co-op. All smiled back. Even the grumpy guy who helped me with my order. One woman was already smiling so when I started smiling it was pretty powerful smile energy going on. I don't usually do big cheesy teeth smiles, I do little Lucia smiles like the photo. That way if you have hay or toast in your teeth, no one sees it.

12 comments:

Tai said...

Because of that gentle Mona Lisa donkey smile, even I, here in donkey-deprived Oakland, am smiling.

Balou said...

That Paco...what a cool flirt. What a great idea. I read once that as a more powerful reaction to your smile, make sure the recipient of your smile sees your smile from the beginning. That way they know it is them that is causing the smile. Who knew there was a whole study about smiling? You gotta cut back on the hay chewing girl. ;)

pRiyA said...

i have been trying and trying to figure out the animal and which part of the animal it is that you have photographed. it is simply not making sense to me. i can see whiskers and one half of a nostril? it is almost as if you have a sock puppet in your hand.

Sunflower said...

this is the funniest, most wonderful post i have ever read. i've had a mixed up day today.....
some happy moments, some very frustrating moments, some enlightened times but some feelings of just bewilderment. how can all that happen? but when i read your post about smiles, i can't believe how all that melted away and what was left was just a big, happy smile!! isn't it true how a smile can change the world, in a small way! thank you so much, katherine for sharing this wonderful post! i absolutely loved it! so funny and wonderful!! you should be a comedien, in the best sense of the word!!
debbie

Sunflower said...

ooops, sorry, me again. i just read your post again and loved the part about toast. did you see 'nacho libre"? the part about toast was so funny! he pushed the toast under the door. i just laughed so much at that!! kids have the best smiles! they are amazing!!
debbie

Zan Asha said...

Well, Catherine, you've certainly gotten a smile from me, so add that to the list ~~~~> :)

Debbie said...

I'm smiling, but then I'm usually smiling when I read about your barnyard friends.
Debbie

Apifera Farm said...

Lots of smiling going on here, very good! The donkeys have a whole array of lip positions. WHen you scratch them between their front legs at the chest area, they roll their lips around like they are rolling gum or rocks int heir mouth. It amuses me to no end...Keep smiling -

ANd Pryia - I thin we need to get you to a farm to meet a donkey. Althought the idea of doing all future posts with sock puppets makes me smile, and is tempting, but I probably have enough on my plate....

Apifera Farm said...

Lots of smiling going on here, very good! The donkeys have a whole array of lip positions. WHen you scratch them between their front legs at the chest area, they roll their lips around like they are rolling gum or rocks int heir mouth. It amuses me to no end...Keep smiling -

ANd Pryia - I thin we need to get you to a farm to meet a donkey. Althought the idea of doing all future posts with sock puppets makes me smile, and is tempting, but I probably have enough on my plate....

Leenie said...

:) :) :) !!! You know when you get a smile from an animal--it is sincere. Dogs can almost laugh. Thanks for sharing joy. Smiling chickens--hmmm. Then would we be able to see their teeth? lol

Carla Sonheim said...

Great advice. Thanks!

coloredsock said...

i'm one of those full-fledge, show my hay in teeth and all, smiler. thanks! i needed one today. xoj

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