Pay It Forward

‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’


They shared a park bench. He smiled…said hello…silence.

He searched his pockets…found some coins, slid up the bench.

‘Is this enough for a smile?’ Three gold coins lay in his palm.

She looked up, her lips pulled tight ready to spew forth a litany of curses.

The kind face softened her pain. ‘I have nothing to smile about.’

‘Oh…such a beautiful day, hear the birds, see the butterflies.’

‘My boyfriend left me.’

‘I see. So now your heart has space for your true love.’

A smile escaped unbidden.

She took two dollars. ‘I’ll pay it forward,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’

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