Tag Archives: smiles

scouts.

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whether they are

next to firewood and a weinermobile at a grocery store

or

in front of a hare krishna drum circle on the university diag 

the scouts sell on. 

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“a  scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances.”

-robert baden-powell

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shopping with methuselah at home depot

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None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.  – Henry David Thoreau

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while waiting in line to buy some late summer flowers, i heard a sweet voice over my shoulder. i turned to look, and the man behind me, who appeared to be at least 157+ years old, was talking to me.  his joy was infectious, and left us both happy, after such a short and random encounter.

methus: ‘wow, a pretty girl has bought me a flower!’

me: ‘yes, it is for you.’

methus: ‘only charge her 1.98 please.’

(checkout woman looked confused. looked at the price tag again. meths laughed out loud.) 

methus: ‘have you been good?’

me: ‘yes i have.’

methus: ‘i expect not.’

me: ‘are you having a good day?’

methus: ‘hell, i don’t know. i wouldn’t even know the difference.’

(another hearty laugh as i gave him one of my flowers and we each went our separate ways) 

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Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. – Mark Twain