My husband noticed it first.
“Did you notice Z smiles right after she sneezes?”
Huh? I had been too busy reaching for a tissue or thinking, Uh oh there’s another sneeze to notice Z’s smiles. Too busy worrying about her getting sick to notice a smile. Why would you smile anyways after a sneeze? Hmmm. I didn’t have to wait too long for the next sneeze. Sure enough a minute later, there it was.
A big sneeze. Followed by a blink. Then a Smile. The smile happened every time after a sneeze.
I know when I get allergies, I transform into an irritable, impatient mess. Everything bothers me, and smiles are the last thing on my mind, especially right after a sneeze.
Z kept up the smiles after the sneezes, which taught me even if you’re feeling crummy, and life throws you a few sniffles or sneezes, Pause. Blink. Smile.
“Your smile for your brother is charity.” – Prophet Muhammad (Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98)