Saturday, August 09, 2008

Smiles and Eating Bugs


I haven't seen the movie Pay it Forward but I know the plot. A boy does good deeds for three people and they have to do good deeds for three other people as a payment. So I tried to pass on a spirit of joy on Thursday. When I was coming back from work on the bike path I decided to smile at everyone I passed. The first 10 people I got 9 smiles back. Not too shabby of a percentage. (But then some lady honked her horn at me and permanentely ruined the smile experiment). The only reason I had the idea to pass on a smile is because the first guy I cross paths with was grinning ear to ear at me. So pass on a smile today....

I also swallowed a bug on my ride back. It reminded me of the childrens book/song "There was an Old Lady who swallowed a Fly." As good ol Wikipedia summarizes, "The song tells the story of an old woman who swallowed increasingly large animals, each to catch the previously swallowed animal." I remember reading this book in second grade, in Mrs. Fregies class. Now looking back I'm wondering, "Who thought this up?" It is a bizzare and twisted childrens book/song. They should start putting parental ratings on childrens books as well as video games. ( Heavy sarcasm for those thinking I'm serious)

Also my bro and his wife got a new blog. Check it out!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

did you hear about brett favre? He loves that "there was an old lady" song. Also...rumor has it he doesn't smile...ever. And I heard that he will, in fact, read your brother's new blog.

Just thought you'd like the update.

peace,

- Rick

Book said...

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swallow\'s dream said...

I once swallowed a bug...but then again, that was on purpose...

I like the smile idea...