The Power of Hello

I was sitting impatiently patiently next to the pharmacy in our grocery store, waiting for a prescription that should have been ready when I got there.  To curb my annoyance and occupy myself, I took out my handy-dandy phone and started doing some Very Important Work.  (Checking your Facebook page is still considered important isn’t it?) I glanced up briefly when a little girl gnawing on a chunk of chicken plopped down on the brown vinyl chair beside me. 

As I continued focus on the screen of my phone, I could feel the girl’s eyes on me, ruining my concentration.   I looked up again and was greeted with a simple “hello” and a shy smile.  I couldn’t help but grin back at the girl. 


This is our dog Penny.  I know it looks like someone is about to be eaten, but this is how she smiles.  Really.

“Is that a touch screen phone?” she asked. 

I answered her and soon found myself in an engaging conversation with a nine year old.  As she giggled and answered the inane questions I tend to ask the very young, I felt my irritation at the pharmacy’s error fade away. 

All to soon, my new friend’s mother had finished her business with the pharmacist and was calling her daughter.   I was still smiling as I watched them walk away, chattering together, when I heard my name called. 

It would have been so easy for me to sit in that dingy waiting area, getting more and more upset at my perceived incompetence of the those filling the prescription that we needed. In all honestly, it wouldn’t have bothered them at all (Well, it may have bothered them I were inclined to throw a temper tantrum or have a hissy fit, but I rarely do that.)

What could have been a tedious wait for two separate people, turned into a delightful conversation for both of us.  It’s amazing to think that it was because of one little girl who knew the power of that one little word. Make sure you say “hello” to someone today.  Just to see what happens…

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13 Responses to The Power of Hello

  1. Tracy says:

    Your dog looks scary! I will take your word for it that she is not. I love talking to kids, they come up with the funniest things.

  2. Susie says:

    You know…when I was looking for a nice, friendly photo to post with this last night, this one just jumped out at me! I thought there might be a couple of people that thought she looked scary. Looking at her with well rested eyes, she’s kinda fiece, huh? Oops! (but that really is how she “smiles”)

  3. Kids can always boost your mood!

  4. I love to make friends in places like that, too.

  5. Kathy says:

    What a wonderful blessing that little girl was!! Glad you didn’t bark at her! 🙂 Children’s smiles really melt me, too.

  6. Ginger says:

    Great story! Your pooch has a great smile!

  7. Firstly, your dog is a stunner! Secondly, I agree that girl made all the difference to your time there and yes, of course checking Facebook at every opportunity is important! As it me checking Twitter, email, horoscopes & biorhythms! I know…over the top!

  8. Susie says:

    Isn’t it crazy how addicted we can be to checking on the internet…not that I know ANYTHING about that!

  9. lapdogknits says:

    Hello to you….I just found your blog today, can I follow? I’ll check and see if you have that set on your blog.
    Love the pics…love the road…I was born in Seattle but somehow, someway ended up in So.Calif.
    I’m sure I was meant to live somewhere else…oh well, your pictures are a pleasure.
    Cute story with the little girl….we never know what our actions and words can move in the world.

    • Susie says:

      Of COURSE you can follow! tee hee There’s my brand new facebook page, by RSS, email and google connect. I had a Networked blogs up, but it’s kinda the same as the FB page. Hmmm…do I need both? LOL

      Funny, I was born in S. CA but ended up in Seattle! I guess we just switched spots. Where do you think you were born to live?

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