My favorite past time at the moment is making Levi smile.
I got word from Jenny that he’d started while I was away in Switzerland – an interesting coincidence (more on that in a minute). His first few smiles were for his Grandma Jo-Jo, who was up helping Jenny in my absence. And it’s not surprising: Joanne is one of the kindest, most loving people I’ve ever known.
So upon my return home I was only too excited to get right in Levi’s face and start cooing and awing and blowing bubbles – acts which would be foolish to anyone else, but perfectly acceptable to a 6 week old. (Or perhaps he’s smiling because it’s foolish?).
The first time he smiled at me, the world stopped spinning.
And I wanted him to do it again.
Now I’m hooked on seeing him smile at me. The more frequently I get up close and make funny noises, the more easily he smiles; his interactions can almost be predicted (thus how I’m able to get a super adorable shot!).
But I realized, it’s not just Levi I like making smile.
While in Switzerland, I often speak on “Evangelizing through Smiling,” as the Swiss are incredibly “frowny” in public: but the moment you hold a smile on the street, they start smiling back.
And open up.
Isn’t it interesting that God put one of our greatest tools for affecting the condition of peoples’ spirits right on our face?
Try smiling today. You might be surprised at how much you receive, too. ch: