Not every Connect has to be serious and academic. But Connects should have value beyond yourself. This Daily Connect is the suggestion that you freely give out an unexpected smile to someone you meet today and then share out the moment in your writing space. This is a version of a Slice of Life, of noticing a moment. (Which, in case you are curious, is also the name of a weekly writing activity hosted by Two Writing Teachers every Tuesday and every day during March.)
(Suggested by Laura)
Today (Oct 7) I was in line at the grocery store with my 14 year old son. The person behind me was carrying her basket clutched to her chest brimming with items. I moved my purse, smiled and asked her if she wanted to rest her basket on the front of my cart. Before we were both through the line we realized that we: both garden; neither of us had success with pumpkins this year; she has access to some heritage seeds from an archaeological dig at Turtle Mountain; we worked for the same college & have a friend in common. We exchanged contact information and I offered to provide the composted horse manure she wants in her garden next year.
My smile that day: I was at the haircut place with my sons and some grouchy dude sat down next to me. I smiled at him and he looked like I was an alien (I am not!). But he asked for the sports section of the newspaper and I got him talking about baseball. He didn’t quite smile back but he seemed less like a grouch by the time I left.
My smile in a blog post: http://runelab.org/wordpress/?p=288 for #clmooc 2016