I’m writing yet another blog post about smiles because of this description of Kamala Harris from today’s news …
Gliding past President Donald Trump’s sexist depictions of her as “mean” and “nasty,” the senator from California shredded Trump’s White House record with the agility that comes from her years as a courtroom prosecutor. Yet she delivered those critiques with bright notes of hope and optimism — accentuated by the smiles that are expected from female politicians.
… and because of this mask:
I’m also thinking of the smiles (and other facial expressions) I’ve been having about “We Have Her Back” , a memo sent by a coalition of powerful women to the news media calling for anti-sexist and anti-racist reporting, which includes this:
“Women have been subject to stereotypes and tropes about qualifications, leadership, looks, relationships and experience. Those stereotypes are often amplified and weaponized for Black and Brown women.”
I smile thinking how often the current President of my group therapy organization and I tell each other that we’ve got each others backs. I also smile thinking about this bag I gave her last year:
Now, my smiles are related to all the pre-pandemic photos I went through in order to find that one.
Can we find more smiles in these recent photos?
Which photos made more smiles for you?
Here‘s “More Smiles” by The Jump Ups:
There are more smiles in this video of these twin brothers hearing Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” for the first time:
And more smiles as I watch the twins listen for the first time to Whitney Houston, singing another Dolly Parton-written song:
I’m looking forward to more smiles when I read the comments on this “More Smiles” post.
More smiles and thanks for all who help me smile as I create this daily blog, including YOU.