[ 2007-01-22 10:18 ]
World of Smiles
About ten years ago when I was
an undergraduate in college, I was working as an intern at my University's
Museum of Natural History. One day while working at the cash register in the
gift shop, I saw an elderly couple come in with a little girl in a wheelchair.
As I looked closer at this girl, I saw that she was kind of perched on her
chair. I then realized she had no arms or legs, just a head, neck and torso. She
was wearing a little white dress with red polka dots.
As the couple wheeled her up to me I was looking down at the register. I
turned my head toward the girl and gave her a wink. As I took the money from her
grandparents, I looked back at the girl, who was giving me the cutest, largest
smile I have ever seen.
All of a sudden her handicap was gone and all I saw was this beautiful girl,
whose smile just melted me and almost instantly gave me a completely new sense
of what life is all about. She took me from a poor, unhappy college student and
brought me into her world; a world of smiles, love and warmth.
That was ten years ago. I'm a successful business person now and whenever I
get down and think about the troubles of the world, I think about that little
girl and the remarkable lesson about life that she taught me.