Building Foundations

Nov 20, 2013 by



The other day, our son, Shay, was standing in the kitchen as I was heading out the door for work. Just as I was about to shut the door, he called out, “Have a great day!” and “Smile.”

Now this may not seem like a momentous occasion to you. People every day send you off with some good wish for your day. But it was the second sentence that got me.


You see, when we were raising our children, we always left them with a phrase of encouragement or instruction. Whether we were dropping them off at school, or choir class, or ball practice, we wanted to remind them that they were going to be interacting with people, and they needed to prepare themselves to do it well. Hence the “Smile.” Shay actually shortened it that day. The whole phrase is, “Smile, someone might need one.”

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