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a perfectly crisp fall day when I was
fifteen years old, all was well in my world. I was happily skipping down a
street in my neighborhood, watching how the sun was shining through the treetops
and how the leaves seemed to come to life as the wind rustled through them.
Vibrant shades of deep crimson, brown and dark burgundy overshadowed the golden
yellow, and pale blush colored leaves. Along the roadside I noticed a big
beautiful tree in the front yard of a quaint old stone cottage. As I skipped
past, I saw a petite, tired looking old woman out in her yard, wearing a long
fancy housedress, raking the fallen leaves. I smiled at her and with all my
youthful vigor, exclaimed, “Hello!” She returned a shy smile as
I continued to skip happily along. After several skips past her something
compelled me to turn around and look at her again. When I did, her chin was
resting on her hands as she was leaning on her rake, and looking in my direction.
She seemed to be daydreaming and it looked as if 45 years lifted off of her
face. She actually looked young again. I yelled out, “Have a beautiful
day!” as I waved while skipping backwards. Her eyes sparkled, her wrinkles
seemed to disappear and her bashful grin grew into a beautiful sweet smile.
The energy between old and new became one of just sheer joy. From that day
forward I learned how much a smile could affect another human soul. I feel
so fortunate that I have the ability to see and cherish the beauty woven throughout
the tapestry of my life. I remembered her, all these years later, with great
fondness. It is my pleasure to introduce to you La Belle Madame DeFiore. (The
DeFiore). Her beauty touched my soul and my youth seemed to touch her heart.
written by: Angela Giovanna Loroux