Sunday Writing Prompt, July 11/21 – The Little Things

Sara is our host for the Sunday Writing Prompt. You can read more and join in here
She says

“Is it a warm smile, word, gesture, a tiny token of gratitude or appreciation? Anyone who is in a relationship, and even those who aren’t know it’s The Little Things that matter.”
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Little things mean a lot, and some don’t cost a dime.
A kind word to someone who is looking lonely or troubled. I remember those ladies at the bus stop the day I was told I didn’t need chemotherapy.
Going out into the kitchen and finding the washing up’s been done and dishes put away.
A cup of tea put down in front of you when you’re working on something at your desk.
It costs nothing to say please and thank you.
How many of us engage the cashier in conversation as they are processing our shopping?
Too many times we have been in a queue and the customers before us haven’t said a single word to the checkout operator, some having spent around £100.

I wrote this post on it actually, and it was a bit of a standing joke in one supermarket that staff would say ‘Quick smile, otherwise they’ll pick on you!’ when we joined the queues.
Dealing with Joe Public can be a thankless task, yet a simple passing the time of day with someone providing you with a service costs nothing, except a bit of your time. In a checkout queue, you’re not exactly going anywhere else are you?

Hubby and I aren’t special people, but our aim in life is that every day we will try and make at least one person smile. We have met a retired photographer who is now in a mobility scooter but still armed with his cameras, who told me on my first encounter as I stood back to let him pass that I was number 6 that day. His aim is to make at least twenty people smile, so puts our ‘one’ way in the shade.
It’s a good daily challenge, and lifts your own spirits when you get a smile in return.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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21 Responses to Sunday Writing Prompt, July 11/21 – The Little Things

  1. Your post instantly brought my beloved brother-in-law, Kenny, to mind! 🙂 You might enjoy the song I wrote in his memory: https://mysticalstrings.com/2015/12/11/smilemaker/

    • How lovely Crystal. I’m listening to it as I reply to you. Happy memories and a cheery song to match. I like the term Smilemaker. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love the challenge of getting a smile a day. I always look for something nice to say to people. Most are appreciative, some are leery. We were picking up a meal last week from a diner and a young lady was leaving. She had French braids and I commented how beautiful they were. She proudly told me she did them herself. It was a sweet interaction that made her smile from ear to ear.

  3. Sadje says:

    Kind words and gestures don’t cost anything but give happiness to the giver and receiver.

  4. murisopsis says:

    Smiling costs nothing but they are pure gold! Twenty a day is a huge number (at least for me) but one is usually a doable number – and anything over is gravy!

  5. Fantastic, what a great challenge! Made me think, if I ever owned my own business, I’d offer 5% off your purchase if you made the cashier smile, 10% for a belly laugh! 🙂

  6. SarahC says:

    Good plan. I always try to do funny or positive posts elsewhere and keep it positive on blog😁

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