I was busy with my iris' when my sister-in-law came down the driveway. She gave me a funny look and asked "Why are you pulling weeds in an evening gown?"
The laughter that bubbled up inside of me won't be forgotten soon. Now every time I look at my little flower bed, I can picture a colorful courtyard fit for a King's Ball.
If you are over 30 and from southeast Louisiana, you probably remember the words that Buckskin Bill used to close his show. The Boylan Sisters sang it in "Annie."
"You're never fully dressed without a smile."
Sometimes it's difficult to smile, but often those are the time when we need most to do so. Not long ago, a wonderful, brave woman told me about a difficult challenge she was facing. It was the kind of news that brings tears, not smiles - but she smiled anyway. That smile was like a sparkling evening gown. Her optimism felt brighter than the Queen's jewels.
Underneath her bravery, I imagine that there must be tears, fears and pain, but for now I want to focus on the positive - for her and for everyone facing struggle.
Today I will pray.
Today I will wear a pretty pink ribbon.
Today I will give, to all those who may need it...a smile.