The Weekly Smile for the 25th of April, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Weird week. II did have a lot lined up for the weekend that I was going to write about, but it all fell through. Well, there was a misinterpretation and… You know how those things are. And then there is a lot of anticipation, and some worry, about the coming days. There were a lot of little things last week, but even there, not really stuff to talk about. So, anyway, well, I guess just life ;)

All of that being said…

Early Friday morning I went out for a walk. At the edge of town I saw a group of high school kids walking down the road. They were all wearing reflective vests and several had bright blue garbage bags. No surprises – our town is doing a post winter road cleanup – it started two weeks ago and ends next weekend where people can volunteer to clean up beside the roads now that all of the snow and such is gone.

I also noticed/didn’t notice that pretty much every student at the elementary school was outside. Well, it was a nice morning, if still a bit cool.

Oh, one piece of information you need to know – I live almost directly across the street from the town’s library. OK, a smile in itself there :)

So, as I was passing the library I noticed someone painting in the parking lot right in front of the main (back) entrance. Sort of – there is a bridge between the parking lot and the back entrance. Anyway, I saw bright blue so I assumed it was a town worker or contractor painting that space so cars would not accidentally park there, blocking the entrance to the bridge. There were actually two people there, and the person painting looked young, like a student, not a worker…

It was a beautiful day and I did take a few walks…

So I was surprised on my next walk that they were still there, painting, and now had green out. When I got back, I looked out of the window and saw people painting over at the police station (it is across two roads and then across a river from my house – but I can see it pretty easily.) Hmmm.

My next walk (as I said, I went out every hour or so) there was a young woman talking to the “artist”, who now that looked closer I could tell was a student. I thought the other (“new”) woman was as well. She said “Hi!” When I said “Hi” back she then said “Happy Birthday!” OK. Kids say odd things. No problem.

The elementary school yard was still filled with kids – they hadn’t gone into the school yet!

Hey, maybe those first students I saw doing cleanup and the kids outside and all of the the kids all over town were out because it was…

“Hey, that woman said ‘Happy Earth Day’, not ‘Happy Birthday’!”

lol. I felt a little stupid.

Anyway, there were projects all over town. The girl at the library spent all day working and did a painting around the storm sewer (drains into the river I just mentioned) that had great blue herons eating soda cans and some words about knowing where our trash ends up (keep the world clean). I also talked to the other person later, who turned out to be the art teacher, not a student.

It was a great bit of literal street art and I love great blues – will post The Great Blue Blues at the bottom of the page ;)

There were a few other storm sewer messages around town, like the one I saw being done at the police station, but none as large and fully developed as the one across the street at the library.

So that is my smile for the week, high school students doing Earth Day work around town including one student who did a large street art project around a storm sewer in front of the library (across the street from my house).


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).  Note – I am no longer compiling the smiles into a weekly post as I used to – Sorry, I do not have time.


Great Blue Blues:

(If you don’t see video below, click here)

20 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 25th of April, 2022 #weeklysmile

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  2. Ju-Lyn

    Happy Earth Day!
    (I would have probably, like you, heard it as Happy Birthday too … )

    I thoroughly enjoyed rambling through town with you, on your many little outings: I can feel the sun, the crispness in the air, the laughter in the air, the flurry of activity. And to watch the art happen – that is such fun!

    Did you sing/play/make Great Blues Blues? Stunning images, and such fun music to go with it!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was fun to see all of the kids out and about and watch the art come to life on the birthday, I mean Earth Day. Glad you enjoyed following along with me.
      Yes, I did the song (played, sang and recorded) as a bit of a joke a couple of months ago. All of the photos are also mine. It was a lot of fun doing the recording and the video :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Happy Earth-Birth Day? Makes its own type of sense, I guess. When I told the teacher that it took a minute to realize what she actually said, she laughed and said she has a friend that says, “Happy birthday,” to her friends on random days of the year, so she could see why I thought that is what she had said.

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  3. Diana

    What a wonderful smile post! I’m smiling ear to ear at the work the students did for Earth Day. How cool!! 😀 I live across the street from our Junior High School but I didn’t see any Earth Day adventures… Maybe they kept it inside. That’s neat to be across from the library, I haven’t been in our library in years. Have a great rest of the week! 🤩

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was very cool that all of the kids in town were so involved. I don’t remember them being this into it in previous years, but then again, the last two years were anything but typical… Also, this week is Spring Break for new Hampshire schools, so maybe it was just an easy way to ease the kids into vacation.
      I don’t go into the library nearly enough. It is such a great resource just across the street, and I usually ignore it. Well, I walk by it several times a day, but not into it…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think int he original post of trying to get people to join I said a smile could be seeing a baby’s smile, which in the rules is currently shorted to “Seeing a small baby”. Funny, you are one of the first to actually use that! It is fun to see small children and pets make cameos on work calls.


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The painting is just a bit of blue from the window, but I know what it is, so, yes, a great view…
      I do not spend enough time in the library. I do spend too much on new books ;)

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