It is Our Smiley Lady, Ruth’s Blog: I’m Just a Cock-Eyed Optimist

I’m Just a Cock-Eyed Optimist

I’m Just a Cock-Eyed Optimist (and I can’t get you out of my bread).

I’m aware that as I spout my Smiley philosophy some people roll their eyes and think I’m nuts. Well, I’m not really crazy, just optimistic. Sure, many people think crazy and optimistic go hand in hand, but they’re probably all pessimists who think that, which I know is a really lot of people, but just ’cause a really lot of people believe it doesn’t make it so.

And, actually I believe many, many people are Closet Optimists. Give them a Smiley subject to talk about and their joy and hope spills out!


For example, last night I was in the checkout line at the grocery store wearing a Spontaneous Smiley T-Shirt. The checker says to me, “I love your shirt. Upside Down Palm Trees Smiley is one of my favorites. You know the woman who started that, is from right around here.”

I told her, “You’re right. I’m the one.”

She told the checker one lane over who gushed that she’d been following the Smiley story ever since she saw the first newspaper story.

        CELERY ROOT SMILEY                  POTATO SMILEY                     BERRIES SMILEY

Then a 3rd checker chimes in, “I think of you every day! I can’t stop see Smileys. They’re all over in the Produce Department” I asked her, “So, what do you feel when you stumble on a Smiley?” Without pausing to think she replied, “Happy.”

Then the woman behind me in line just had to know what we were all talking about. There we all were, strangers, laughing and connecting over Spontaneous Smiley.  Four women all letting their pent up Optimism burst forth!  Warms my heart.

Smile. Be Happy.

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