Over lunch one day I told my daughter to work on demonstrating a happy face. “You don’t want your face to get stuck in a frown do you?” Another daughter challenged my assertion with disbelief that anyone’s face could get stuck in a frown. Not to be out done by a child, I explained that, no, not literally, but that when people live their lives unhappy and bitter, many times their faces look hard and angry when they grow old.
“Is that what happened to you?” my ten-year-old asked. I burst out laughing. I wondered, did she really see me as frowning all the time with a hard, bitter old face?
It was only after questioning her further that I realized she was talking about the time I got Bell’s Palsy! Yep, my frown indeed got stuck that way that time! The joke was on me!