This Candy Man Makes the World a Sweeter Place

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 12th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2tdl-zhp/
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Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. Read how an elderly man spreads joy by doing a very simple gesture.

Meet My Friend Bobby

I am always tickled when Bobby passes out hard candy at the gym that I am a member of. I first noticed this behavior about 6 months ago.

While I was busy working my rounds on the different circuits, he was happily greeting people with his trademark smile. His smile is always accompanied with an open hand of hard candy. Bobby methodically goes around and asks individuals if they want a piece. The typical response is always, "Oh Bobby, how sweet. Thank you". Bobby just grins from ear to ear. It's as if by taking his meager offering you have made his day. Or perhaps-he's trying to make yours.

The Value of a Smile

As I thought of this daily ritual, I began to realize that it doesn't always cost a lot to put a smile on someone's face or make them feel special for a moment. A smile could very well be the best prescription for a hurting soul at any given time. But the best thing is that it is free.

A Shining Light

Bobby is an older man who comes to the gym by himself. I don't know if he is widowed. Never have I observed anyone come in with him. When he arrives, everyone knows because his smile lights the room

Move Bobby Move!

After his friendly greetings he then goes into exercise mode. His body moves to the beat of the music without missing a step. A look of concentration is clearly etched on his brow. He walks on the treadmill with a steady gait as if he doesn’t' t have a care in the world. Upon completion of his workout for the day he leaves with coat and hat and waves good-by. Such a sweet man is he.

Want to Be a Bobby?

Were that there were more Bobby's in the world. In his own way he makes the world a better place in which to live. He brings a breath of fresh air every time he graces the gym with his appearance. No doubt this is a part of his character that he takes everywhere he goes.

Smiles and Sunshine

Little does he know that he's making someone have a better day. He makes me want to spread a little sunshine of my own. If what he has is contagious, I want it too with the hope that it spreads to others in my world. And it's all due to a friendly smile and a hard piece of candy.

Whose life can you touch today with the simple gesture of a smile? It's priceless.


Credit: Pictures from Wikimedia Commons

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Bobby, Candy, Candy Man, Gym, Hard Candy, Shining Light, Smile, Smiles, Spreading Joy, Sunshine, Sweets, Treadmill, Workout

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
12th Sep 2014 (#)

I love human interest stories like this. Men like Bobby are one-in-a-million. And of course, the people who notice the Bobbys of the world are priceless!!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl. He is a pleasure to know. I am glad to be on the receiving end of such grace.

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author avatar Retired
12th Sep 2014 (#)

What a sweet tribute to a sweet man -- love it, Lee.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan. He is worth every word.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Lee, I loved this article. Just thinking about it makes me smile.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
12th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy. If it made you smile then the mission was accomplished :)

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author avatar HacBao
13th Sep 2014 (#)

I'm upset, but when I read your post. It made ​​me feel more relaxed. Great article

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author avatar Lee Hansen
13th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks HacBao. I hope that you are having a better day today.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Sep 2014 (#)

"Hope wears a smile"...your lovely page reminded me of that saying- My Mom used it often- to boost my courage when I was just a shy child...:0)- Reading your wonderful story- I thought of that saying...how lovely...may we all be as brave as Bobby and show we care.- Lee many thanks- and many smiles- for sharing... and all your pages of beautiful caring...!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
13th Sep 2014 (#)

D I love you mother's saying because it is true. Glad it brought back some childhood memories. I thank you for caring enough to comment and being a friend:).

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author avatar Retired
25th Sep 2014 (#)

It's amazing how much a smile and a little kindness can do for others.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
1st Oct 2014 (#)

Dorothy I agree with you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Nov 2014 (#)

"Smiles" is also the longest word - there is a mile between the two s! Smile is so natural and is free but many are so stingy with it! Thanks Lee for this uplifting post - siva

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