My short story, “One Smile at a Time,” is now online at MindFlights. I began writing this story a few months after my daughter was born, when we were living in Alabama, and a lot of little images and memories from that time found their way into it.
“You lucked out, son.”
I was mystified at this reaction. “Okay, I’ll bite. What’s going on?”
“You got a little girl in your class, name of Penny Williams?”
“There’s a Penelope Williams. She’s a fine student.”
More rocking back in chairs and smiling. “Mmm-hmm. Told you so.”
“Told me what?”
“That gal’s a genuine good-luck charm. When she’s around, things just go right. Kids behave themselves, lessons go according to plan, heck, sometimes even the air seems cooler when she’s around.”
Can one little girl change the world? Whenever my daughter smiles, I’m convinced it’s possible.