The Weekly Smile for the 14th of June, 2021 #weeklysmile

For the most part, last week was a pretty good week with a lot of smiles, but there is one that I want to bring out.

On Tuesday our local Lions Club had our annual “end of year” meeting. In ways the club follows a school year with the summer having a minimum number of more social meetings. In September we will start our working meetings with new officers in place. Actually, the officers were put in place on Tuesday, so after two years, I am no longer the local club’s president.

Besides the smile about no longer being president, the meeting itself was a big smile. I think our last face-to-face meeting was back in February 2020 and had maybe 8 people attend. So we had a face-to-face meeting with 13 people. Not a huge number, but it was nice. We had it at a local restaurant. We reserved a room overlooking the river and had a buffet diner. It was very good. This was the first time I sat down in a restaurant since late February, 2020.

My big smile is not only a good meeting with face to face interactions with people I haven’t seen in a while, but a first step back to normal after over a year.

What made you smile?

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

40 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 14th of June, 2021 #weeklysmile

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  3. SHL2

    I know what you mean about wanting life to get back to normal again. I am to the point now I can go to the store and not feel so threatened but everyone is still wearing a mask. We go into a store maybe every other week this week was 8:00 a.m. Sams Club and no one was in there yet. I was thinking of trying to get to the garden center this weekend but who knows. I get all set to do something then change my mind.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I am right now in Massachusetts where wearing masks is mandatory. Up in New Hampshire, a lot of places are leaving it to the customer. I remember the first time at the grocery store – there was a sign that people who are vaccinated don’t need to wear a mask. I could tell that every person who was wearing a mask was vaccinated and everyone who wasn’t was not. The last time I went, only a very small handful of people had masks on. Oh well, I we do have a good percentage of people who are vaccinated, but I am still afraid there may be a bounce as people take the return to normal a little too far.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It isn’t that hard – the secretary has the hard job! These last two years were easy in some ways because I didn’t have to travel for meetings – full days are eaten up for a two hour meeting. Our club rotates through with a person serving for one or two years.

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  5. Natasha

    New beginnings for you Trent. How wonderful.

    And it resonated as I’m also on a new onward journey, after letting go of a few others. It feels like a heavy bag has been lifted off. Yet at the same time change sometimes feels daunting, but I know it’s all set to bring in new horizons and hope.

    I haven’t been outdoors since March, and I can’t wait to do so soon now, with all due safety measures in place.

    Have a fabulous week.

    https://natashamusing.com/2021/06/buddha-doodles-wordlesswednesday-wednesdaywisdom/

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  6. Ju-Lyn

    Wow! This is a big step towards normalcy – did you feel ok with so many in a restaurant?
    Dining out is still not permitted in Singapore – it’s scheduled to lift next week if number of cases remain low.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      There were only 13 of us, plus the two people who own/run the restaurant, and we have all been inoculated, so there were no worries. I haven’t been to a “normal” restaurant yet (not including picking up take-out), but I’m sure I will in the next few weeks as things continue to get closer to normal.

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  8. Marsha

    Your local club is about the same size in attendance as our Kiwanis Club in Woodlake. I think they are going to half Zoom and half in person. I don’t live there any more, but I’m smiling because they elected a new secretary. so I am no longer the secretary, which also means District meetings. Yay!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      In our Lions Club, the secretary’s job is by far the hardest! And, yeah, not having to attend District or Zone meteorites is a big plus… I think our local club will continue face to face, but I am hoping they do the Zone and District meetings over Zoom – it is so much easier!

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      1. Marsha

        Our division is still doing meetings over zoom, and that is easier, but not as friendly. Even our weekly meetings have been held by Zoom, but the VP who was hosting them, then sending hilarious minutes has moved to Oregon. That ruins the weekly smile theme – sorry!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      For some things, very much so! for others… lets just say that as our local Lions president for two years, I would have made zero in person Zone or District meetings, but I made every single Zoom one ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The biggest relief isn’ the running of the local club, it is all the stuff at the higher levels (District, Zone, etc.) and the time it takes for that. Plus the tons of emails I received…
      It was nice to see people again.
      Looking at past pandemics, infection rates, death rates, etc.,I’m not sure if I totally agree with you on that one. On the other hand, I wasn’t really that effected by it and so perhaps I don’t have a very good perspective.

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      1. Susan St.Pierre

        😊 No past pandemics were addressed with shutdowns… many were more serious.
        Hindsight is now showing more damage than the statistical good. That is, if you’re not focusing only on a virus. Glad you’re smiling and I had no changes in my life either. 😁

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      2. TheHiddenEdge

        I know how you feel, I was the area director for Toastmasters for 2 years (much due to a quirk of fate than a pandemic). I was much relieved to hand over the mantel at the end of that second year. 🙃

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