A Simple Smile Lit Him Up

I found this man on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. He was leaning heavily on his cane, looking down, wearing a grimaced face. I felt bad for him, so I smiled and waved when I walked past.

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His face changed completely. He lit up, smiled wide, and gave me a cheery greeting. There was nothing forced about it. He seemed like a man who went through life looking for the smallest excuses to be happy.

I walked 50 feet down the sidewalk, turned around, and walked back to him. “I want to take your photo,” I told him, “because of how big you smiled when I walked by.”

He said: “Well I saw someone smiling at me who I didn’t even know. So I thought: ‘By God! I Better do something!”

Source: Humans of New York

 

13 comments

  1. Oh, that was so lovely!:) It makes me so happy just looking at his smile – it’s such a wonderful story, and such a wonderful picture. Thank you for making my day brighter:)

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