So since today was such a beautiful day I decided to take a walk around Boston and people watch. Who doesn’t love to people watch every once in a while, right? For one leg of my walk I was behind two men and an adorable little girl. She must have been about five years old. The girl was visibly enjoying the day and the company of the two men she was with. At one point the little girl, who had been jumping around throughout the entire walk, stopped to smile at a homeless man who was on the side of the street. The smile of
the sky is wicked huge.
this little girl made the homeless man, who was sitting on the ground and begging for change, actually smile back. You could see that this man’s day became a little bit better because of the little girl. At this moment, I got out my camera in order to document the moment. To me, this is exactly what civic engagement should be. To be civically engaged means that someone is doing whatever they can to make the life of another person’s that much better. For the little girl, all she had was a smile and sweet presence. By smiling at
the homeless man she was almost comforting the man by letting him know that everything will be okay. Sometimes the small act of a smile can really help someone out. It’s in that moment that they know someone acknowledges their existence and cares about them. Keep smiling. text & photo · Jackie Cangro
Magazine project for Emerson College's WR121 Writing for Civic Engagement class, Spring '10.