Shortly after the boys were diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome, I was at work and listening to Yahoo Music while toiling away in my little cubicle, and Smile by Nat King Cole began to play. Instantly I began to cry. Of course, at that time, absolutely everything from Folger's commercials to scraped knees to cloudy days made me bawl like a baby. It was a tough time. Mark and I worked pretty hard just getting through a normal day, without even allowing ourselves to think about what was going on with our children. I was shaken to the core, and it was all I could do to keep up a semblance of normalcy on the outside.
This song will always make me think of my boys and that time when I needed to hear that if I smiled, things would be okay.
Smile (words by Charlie Chaplin)
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
I even used it in a little slideshow I made for You Tube a couple of years ago. Smile is the last song, so if you start the movie and then go right up to about the 7:00 minutes spot, that's where it starts.