Smile at someone today…


Or, alternatively, “Be a pest like me…”

Either title could suit this post.

If you’ve been in the NICU for a little while now and have maybe settled in a bit (translation: you’re no longer jumping at every beep and flash around you), I urge you to do just one extra thing today: Smile at someone new. It was kind of a standing joke between my husband, the nurses, and myself. I would always choose someone who looked super detached, lost, and- to be honest- unfriendly. That individual would become my “project”.

Now, I’m not advocating that you truly pester or bother this person. Just be a consistent smile in his or her life. Say “hi”. Introduce yourself if the opportunity arises. You’d be amazed at some of the relationships I managed to get going.

I like to think that maybe I brightened these individuals’ lives a little. I can’t say for sure. But I can tell you that it was wonderful for me.

And I can also tell you that I will forever be grateful to the couple who first smiled, said “hi”, and introduced themselves to my husband and me…

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