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A Smile

Carrie Lillywhite
08 November 2021

A Smile

….. one day we will be able to reach out and offer a comforting touch. You can smile with your eyes even when wearing that mask
A smile can be infectious and such a small gesture in what we are finding ourselves to be a difficult time. I’ve always believed if you smile, the world smiles back!


COVID-19 is not just an illness; it’s impacting all our lives. The vulnerable are lonely and isolated, people are losing their livelihoods; and mental health is on the rise. Life as we knew it is now what seems a distant memory, and there is no indication as to when we will return to normal.


They once said: “keep calm and carry on” and as a nation, this pandemic is ongoing and tough. You can smile with your eyes even when wearing that mask and it will go a long way...


Give a gesture, be kind and remember, this may be a test of time to us all; but we are not alone. The silent virus that strikes upon us has caused mass world- wide destruction...but with the act of kindness, humanity and caring, we can stand together and support each other. Remember, consideration for our key workers and taking the government advise, and the wheels will keep on turning.
Keep taking those small steps to keep each other safe. This small act and gesture will make a difference and we can fight this silent destructive virus and stand together as a whole world 🌎


…..until then we must keep encouraging each other and be prepared to make a difference. To make it count. And one day we will be able to reach out and offer a comforting touch …give a kiss on the cheek. Vera Lynnn once said: “keep smiling through”.
I know we long to hug and hold one another…..We miss socialising like we used to... something we may of took for granted perhaps???? Which now feels like a lifetime ago. But please remember …. one day this will be a distant memory for us all, until that day comes, come what may, stay safe and keep smiling through little angels you are all amazing.

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