Smile. It’s free.

Smile. It’s free.

"Hey, mister! Where's the smile?" the stranger asked as I crossed the street.

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There was nothing about him that stood out. He was pretty nondescript except for…

… he had this smile. This big, pearly, perfect smile. Did you ever watch "The Mask"? Jim Carey's smile when he had the mask on? It was like that.

I just left a long bartending shift. The last thing I wanted to do was interact with one more person. So I pretended that I didn't hear him. I had earphones on. It could be believable.

Still he kept calling out, "Hey, mister! Where's the smile?" Each time his call becoming louder and wilder.

I stepped up my pace as I moved along down the street. He remained on the corner, still smiling, still calling out, "Hey, mister! Where's the smile?"

After a few blocks, his voice had faded though not completely gone. I accelerated to a very brisk walk and I breathed a small sigh of relief as his voice continued to silence.

I arrived home and quickly got myself inside. Finally hunkered in bed, as my eyes were closing, I could swear I heard whispered softly from outside my bedroom door, "Hey, mister… where's the smile?"

Submitted October 13, 2018 at 10:49AM by arrbee202

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