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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: SMILE





About a week or so ago I picked up my phone, and a hilarious image of my son showed up on my lock screen in place of my usual scenery photo. It was a picture I had taken a few years ago when I was halfway through giving him a haircut. I had used the clippers to shorten the sides but had left the middle untouched so he had a bit of a mohawk look going on. The clippers kept catching in his afro and he’d had enough, so he stepped away from the chair, scrunched up his face, furrowed his eyebrows, and pouted at me in jest.

As I unlocked my phone, another goofy photo appeared — this time one from when my daughter had used my phone to capture silly selfies, her dark chocolate eyes wide and her tongue sticking out. I laughed again — first at the surprise, then at the picture itself.

My “safe” personality tempted me to replace the images with their usual sunset, beach, or Cape Town scenery photographs, but I decided to live on the wild side and keep the pictures as they were. Now, every time I pick up my phone or close an app, I smile.

What’s making you smile these days? 

If you need some motivation, here’s a song to inspire you:





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Hope you find plenty of reasons to SMILE this week!

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