I noticed today as I was walking down the street that I would sometimes come into eye contact with another person and find that I can’t stop myself from smiling. I’d then bite my upper lip to try and hide that smile and attempt to look the other way. I realized that I get the urge to smile especially if I think I can guess something about the person’s identity or personality the instant I look at them and it makes me feel comfortable, or reminds me of someone I know so I smile. But then I’d sometimes try to swallow that smile because I think that might be stereotyping people into boxes based solely on their appearance. To think that someone is similar to another just because they share some external features is silly to say the least. So I get embarrassed at my own absurdity and I look away.
Right after I had made that useless analysis, my eyes catch the eyes of an older man and he smiles at me so wholeheartedly that I wonder if I also remind him of someone he knows. I don’t look away this time. I look him straight in the eye, I muster up all the warmth I carry in my heart for those I love, and I send it right his way wrapped in a nice big smile :)