A smile that cures all ills

I had a long day at work today. I was in the office just after 6am with the thought of trying to catch up on some things early, before I could be interrupted. Alas, that’s not how it worked out. I was recruited to a task that diverted me for more than 2-1/2 hours. That was pretty much how the rest of the morning went. I was able to make some progress in the afternoon, but I didn’t get done half of what I’d hoped when I woke up this morning.

By the time I left the office, I was frustrated and my right side was in pain thanks to this litte bug I’ve caught. I wandered into the house. Kelly was in the TV room and she said, “You have to come look at the Little Miss.” I put down my stuff, unloaded my pockets and then headed in to see the Little Miss. Kelly has her “sitting” on the couch, propped up in a corner. She was wide awake and looked content. I sat down in front of her.

“Hello, Little Miss,” I said.

And she gave me the biggest smile I’d ever seen her give.

With that smile, all the frustration of the workday, all of the pain in my side, just melted away.

I snapped a picture of her smiling and posted it on Facebook for friends to see. It’s a nice picture, but the smile there isn’t half as dazzling as the one she gave me when I got home from work.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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