Monday, April 23, 2012

PTSW: Contagion

A post I began back in February and neglected in the intervening weeks:


Tonight is our annual science fair. The eleventh iteration. And each year some ten-year-old comes up with a question to investigate that has never occurred to me before. My favorite this year was the quest to prove whether smiling really is contagious. The young fellow not only had a decently controlled experiment, he tacked on a bit of poetry to  his enthusiastic and entertaining oral report --- I hope his log gives evidence of an experiment to match his little speech. I immediately thought: "There's my next 'Poem to Start the Week'".

Smiling Is Infectious
Author Unknown

Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!

Later note: The project, still my favorite of the year, did not win a gold medal as I recall, but did win a lesser medal from the judges.


  1. WOW! That really sounds like one of your poems. You are the beat!
    No wonder parents want their kids to be in your class!

  2. You are the best! I type mountains of work for someone who cannot type!