This Makes Me Smile

Over twenty years ago I read "The Greatest Salesman in the World" and "The Greatest Miracle in the World" by Og Mendino. Awesome little stories that had a permanent impact on my life. If you haven't read them, do sometime. I promise you'll feel uplifted!

One of the imagery pieces in the story is a red geranium in an apartment window being observed by the narrator of the story. It charmed me at the time, and ever since when I see a bright red geranium it makes me smile.

This spring, while we were out shopping for flowers for the flower boxes, I spied a small potted geranium with bright red blooms. I had to have it! Bringing it home I set it temporarily on the counter in our master bathroom where it could enjoy bright morning sunshine and escape the curiosity of our cats.

It was my intent to purchase a hanger and move it to the living room out of reach. But the geranium decided it likes it's humid, sunny spot on the bathroom counter and is thriving. My husband and I decided that we want to leave it where it is. It never fails to make me smile as I get ready for work, a bit of beauty brought inside to remind me that life is good.

I know my daughter is going to chuckle when she sees that red geranium amidst the toothbrushes, toiletries, and cosmetics scattered on the counter. She will undoubtedly suggest we hang it up somewhere more visible. And she will shake her head at her mother's insistence that it should stay just as it is.

What things do you have around you just to make you smile?


  1. I'm not lurking [I experienced an interruption or two]

    I also have a deep fondness for red Geraniums as my mother always treated them like Orchids.


  2. Ahhh bright red geraniums are a favorite of mine also. I have them in the window boxes of my home. I love looking outside and seeing them before anything else. I wish that sunlight came into my bathroom cause I'd surely have a potted one in there just like you. Unfortunately that window faces north. My father grew them year round....had them setting on the southern window sills in the walk out basement. He loved their fragrance...he said they smelled of the earth, rich and fertile. He was right, of course. So I look at a geranium and think of him....and that makes me smile too. Hugs!

  3. Hi Val! I'm glad to see you're back up and running. Your lovely memory of your Dad's geraniums brought back one for me that I'd nearly forgotten. My grandmother lived on a farm until she was in her late 60's. When she moved to town she filled the window sills in her living room with flowers planted in large juice cans. I can see them now, and red geraniums were definitely a part of the mix! I love that you have them growing in your window boxes, I definitely want some for my planter boxes next year!

  4. I like the idea with the geranium! It would make me smile too. My geraniums are son's creative endeavors. They are everywhere, even in my wallet. :)

  5. That is so sweet Amanda. Treasure those little pieces of artwork, they grow up so very fast! I still have things my kids made when they were small. My daughter is a note writer, often leaving small notes when she visits. I keep them in various places to make me smile when I come across them. Our children remind us that we are indeed loved!

  6. I love geraniums too but I mostly have African violets in pinks and purples. I just find them to be very cheery and so pretty!

  7. Ahh, that brought back good memories too, Selma. When I lived in Germany for a couple years, our apartment had the perfect west-facing window for African violets, and they thrived there. I love them too! :-)

  8. I've not thought about Og Mandino in years ... so I appreciate your reminder. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely experience. Two things that always make ME smile are Molly and Ms Kitty ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  9. It has been a long time since I've read those books, Happily Retired, and the message has stayed with me. I'm headed over to your blog to check, but I'm betting Molly and Ms Kitty are friends and probably furryfriends at that. :-) My cats are at the top of my "things loved" list for a reason. They add so much to our lives!


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