If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine. ~Author unknown
I think a very caring young person at one of the houses Monkey and I pass on our long walks must be familiar with this quotation.
If not, perhaps they’re just blessed with a happy personality and derive a sense of joy from making others smile.
One day, we noticed a lengthy sidewalk filled with pictures and suggestions in colored chalk. Monkey seemed impervious to them, but he doesn’t read (yet!).
I found myself smiling when I read them. See if you agree.
Our first challenge is a game of Hopscotch. When you finish, there’s a “Good Job!” message to encourage you:
We also find “What sound does a dog make?”, accompanied by a drawing of a puppy face:
Now we’re instructed to “Walk the Plank.” I’m guessing the squiggles represent waves of water:
Here we find the outline of two (very small!) shoes and the instruction to “Jump here 10 times”:
Let’s “Skip in the Line.” Probably easier for kids than adults, don’t you think?:
Uh-oh, starting to get harder! Time to “Jump and Twist”:
At last, we reach the end of the walk and what do we find? “Walk on the line” and “Step on the Puffs”:
I’m not sure, but I’ll bet many walkers in this neighborhood got a smile out of these chalked exercises. And I can’t help wondering how many glanced around before giving them a try for themselves!