I was on my way into a Bartell Drugs when he caught my eye.
“Hey sweetheart, you dropped something!”
I patted the bags strewn/flung across my back. I was pretty sure there was no way I’d dropped anything.
After the brief pause, he delivered the punchline: “Your smile!”
I smile of course, and then gesture towards the store. “Can I get you anything?”
“Uhhmmmm,” he considers, “An egg salad sandwich?”
When I come back out, he thanks me for the egg salad sandwich.
“How are you today?”
“Oh, not too bad,” he replies. “But all these people! They walk around so miserable!”
“It’s true, and it’s not even raining today!”
“People gotta have something to smile about.”
Before I leave, he sticks out his hand and introduces himself.
“I’m Chloe, it was nice to meet you.”
“Keep smilin’. Oh, and bless you!”