What I wear on Wednesday – My mouth smile

 

“I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I’ve also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It’s sure to be a phony.”

― Roald DahlDanny the Champion of the World

I like many people, have learned to master the fake smile. It is where I start until I find the sparkle in my eyes once again. However, I have the type of job that requires an enthusiastic entrance and skip in my step from open til’ close. This requirement always saves me in the end. I can only smile with my mouth for so long until my eyes are forced to follow.

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