Smile is a small gesture of happiness that rests in one and fills the vacuum of another person. It spreads fast like a fever making others happy. Here is a short account of smile that circled between few strangers in a traffic block.
Few days back, three kindergarten girls were on their way back home from school in an autorickshaw. The joyous and playful children were so happy to go home after class. They were singing and playful in the vehicle.
Knowing the risk of carrying little children in the vehicle, the driver had arranged a custom-made door to the three wheeler vehicle. As they moved on, their vehicle got caught in the traffic block at a junction. The auto was surrounded by various kinds of vehicles.
To the left of autorickshaw was a passenger bus, in which I was sitting at the window seat watching all that was happening on the road. I had a better birds view as I was on a bus, the highest vehicle caught in the traffic block. To their right was a white Volkswagen Polo car in which a couple was travelling. They looked like at the age of 30s. As they slowly stopped their vehicle near the autorickshaw, they were seriously discussing something. Their faces were serious and a melancholic mood prevailed in the car.
As the car rolled on to the row of autorickshaw, these little girls started waving at them cheering and smiling. All they wanted was to share happiness of going home to everyone they met on the way. Seeing these children smile and wave at them, their seriousness vanished from their face. They smiled and waved back at them and started discussing about the girls with smiley and happy faces.
The vehicle in the front of the car moved a bit forward and the car also moved ahead. The next vehicle to share the row with the children’s auto was another passenger auto with an aged couple. It seemed that they were in their 70s. They were lost in the abyss of thoughts having a gloomy expression on their faces. The elderly man was holding to his long umbrella tightly, unleashing his eyes to traverse them on other passengers on the road. His eyes caught the little girls. Before he could see them, the children had seen them in the taxi. They repeated their mission waving hands and cheering something vaguely with their chirpy voice.
His hands on the umbrella hand shook. His shadowy face started to shine with a smile. Moreover, he wanted to share the joy that he got at the way side. He held the hand of his wife and showed her the children in the other auto waving at them cheering. Seeing them, her face also glowed with joy. Both together waved back to the children from their shared happiness.
As the red light changed to green, queued vehicles slowly moved on to their destinations. Children carried on their mission smiling and waving at other passengers.
When I followed up the elderly couple, they were still waving at the auto that moved ahead and smiling at each other.
Further, I saw the happiness and smile being spread like a virus to scores of passengers in the bus, cars and on bikes on their way.