love thursday: smiles between strangers (and a giveaway!)

My print by Kelly Rae.  It hangs right above my computer, so I can see it every day.

After all the crazyness of the last couple of days, yesterday I took it very, very easy.  I focused on my work, but also took myself out for a very simple, healthy lunch, browsed a couple of stores.  And as I passed people, they said hello.  They smiled.  They held doors open.  It felt like Christmas: everyone just seemed nicer.   I don't know if it was left-over euphoria from the inauguration or just the fact that it was a beautiful Texas winter day, but regardless, it was lovely.  There's nothing that brings a smile to my face faster than a smile from a stranger.  I hope the feeling lasts a while.

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Happy Love Thursday, everyone.  Please leave the links to your images or stories of love in the comments section, below.  And to just shake things up a bit, I thought I'd do a little giveaway:  I think I'm going to offer some 5 x 5" flat notecards (with envelopes), based on my through-the-viewfinder images for sale in the online store.  So, in addition to your links (or instead of a link, if you don't have one to share), please answer the question, "what brings a smile to your face?" and I'll pick a commenter at random to win one of the first sets of notecards.  I'll keep comments open until midnight, Friday, January 23rd.  One comment per person, please!

And may you receive a warm smile from a stranger today.

SongStrangers in the night, as performed by Cake