4 stories that will warm your heart
“I tearfully breathed in my mother’s vanilla perfume as we shared our goodbye hug. ‘Remember, you’re only moving two states away,’ she assured. ‘Don’t lose your happy!’
“It was her signature phrase, and she’d always lived up to it. In fact, she’d drawn smiley faces on everything—from her bills to my birthday cards—as a reminder that joy can always be found when we look for it.
“Yet as I began my lonely drive from Ohio to New York for a job transfer, Mom’s cheer felt further away with each passing mile. And by the time I stopped for lunch, I was in tears. But as I paid, I noticed the waitress had drawn a smiley face on the check…and my heart instantly lightened.
“From then on, I saw smiley faces everywhere: on a truck at the gas station, in the snow at a rest stop, on my coffee cup when I stopped at a café.
“‘How’s the drive?’ Mom asked when she called later. ‘Great!’ I said feeling new hope. “‘I think happy found me!’” —Kat Smith, 40, Dallas