The smile seemed to make him feel better.
He remembered past kindnesses of a friend
And wrote him a thank-you letter.
The friend was so pleased with the thank-you
That he left a large tip after lunch.
The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip,
Bet the whole thing on a hunch.
The next day she picked up her winnings,
And gave part to a man on the street.
The man on the street was so grateful;
For two days he’d had nothing to eat.
After he finished dinner,
He left for his small dingy room.
(He didn’t know at that moment
That he might be facing his doom.)
On the way he picked up a shivering puppy
And took him home to get warm.
The puppy was very grateful
To be out of the storm.
That night the house caught on fire.
The puppy barked the alarm,
He barked ‘til he woke the whole household
And saved everybody from harm.
One of the boys he rescued
Grew up to be President.
All this because of a simple smile
That hadn’t cost a cent.
It’s wondrous what a hug can do,
A hug can cheer you when you’re blue.
A hug can say, “I love you so.”
Or, “Gee! I hate to see you go.”
A hug is, “Welcome back again!”
And, “Great to see you!” or
“Where’ve you been?”
A hug can soothe a small child’s pain
And bring a rainbow after rain.
The hug! There’s just no doubt about it,
We scarcely could survive without it.
A hug delights and warms and charms,
It must be why God gave us arms.
Hugs are great for fathers and mothers,
Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers,
And chances are some favorite aunts
Love them more than potted plants.
Kittens crave them, puppies love them.
Heads of state are not above them.
A hug can break the language barrier,
And make the dullest day seem merrier.
No need to fret about the store of ‘em
The more you give,
The more there are of ‘em
So stretch those arms without delay
And give someone a hug today.
It’s just the little homey things,
The unobtrusive, friendly things,
The “won’t-you-let-me-help-you” things
That make our pathway light—
And it’s just the jolly, joking things,
The “never-mind-the-trouble” things,
The “laugh-with-me, it’s funny” things
That make the world seem bright.
For all the countless famous things,
The wondrous, record-breaking things,
Those “never-can-be-equaled” things,
That all the papers cite,
Aren’t like the little human things,
The everyday-encountered things,
The “just-because-I-like-you” things
That make us happy quite.
So here’s to all the simple things,
The dear “all-in-a-day’s-work” things,
The “smile-and-face-your-troubles” things,
Trust God to put them right!
The “done-and-then-forgotten” things,
The “can’t-you-see-I-love-you” things,
The hearty “I-am-with-you” things
That make life worth the fight.