The extraordinary power of smile


From pulling faces on Skype to a surprise call, from a simple postcard to an unexpected gift, what’s the secret to make Mom happy? Discover the unique stories of Mimi Thorisson, Claire Stewart, Patti Wagner & Alice Violier for Mother's Day.

“I like it when my mother smiles. And I especially like it when I make her smile.”

Adriana Trigiani

“My mom smiled at me. Her smile kind of hugged me.”

R.J. Palacio

> DISCOVER The story of Claire Stewart

What makes me smile as a mother?

by Claire Stewart

"What makes me smile as a mother? My boys love, because they love in a way that is pure and untainted.

They're at that amazing age where they've not yet learned to stifle or control their emotions. They're open and honest with their love and when they say, ' I love you', you know they really mean it.

Their kisses too, boy, do they make me smile. My littlest always grabs my face, looks me straight in the eyes and slams those kisses right on me. Filled with so much love, albeit a little drool and snot thrown in there too! They literally fill my heart right up. 

I always remind myself of these very facts on those tough days, the days when I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle. When kisses and hugs are swapped for tears and tantrums, and you feel like you are failing. Our life isn't perfect but there is so much love in our family, and if that can always remain, well that's a win in my book. 

As I look in the mirror and watch my face change and age, rather than feel negative, I try to feel pride. To own those laughter lines around my eyes, because those lines are born out of love. Those lines come from the laughter and smiles that my boys have brought me in abundance."

> DISCOVER The story of Mimi Thorisson

Being a mother is the greatest gift

by Mimi Thorisson

"Being a mother to such a big family is the greatest gift of all. I never thought I would have so many children, it was a rather big surprise. But that is the magic of life when you are blessed with little anchors that make your life truly happy. For each child’s birth we planted an olive tree in our garden, we watch our children grow along with the powerful nature around us. As a family we fee complete, and that is the key to all our dreams.

 There are so many things that make me smile, but one of the cutest things is when my two year old daughter Audrey asks me questions about life, and it’s even cuter when she asks the same questions to my five year old daughter, Gaïa.  Seeing life through a child’s eye is the sweetest feeling ever. I also love the first smile of the day, when you see a tiny eyelid open and the whole face lights up. It’s a priceless moment o tenderness and love. I have learnt after all these years that my strength comes from all my children. They have given me love, as well as superpowers. I fee like I have animal instinct, that I fly like an eagle to protect them from harm. The emotional bond is beyond human. To quote the author Barbara Kingsolver, ‘Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws’. And that is the best feeling in the world. 

Few things in life are as precious as one's own child. In the smile of the child lies the mother's smile."

> DISCOVER The story of Patti Wagner

I'm thankful I have my girls

by Patti Wagner

"As a full time working mom, some days I leave the office feeling overwhelmed. But I'm thankful that I have my girls to put things in perspective. My seven-month old is always full of smiles and sweet as can be.  She melts my heart.

My oldest daughter is the funniest person I know and right now she wants to be just like mommy. If I have my hair down, she wants hers down and if I'm cleaning she wants to clean alongside. "I'm cleaning just like you mommy!" That puts the biggest smile on my face to know that she looks up to me and I want to be the best example for both of my girls."

> DISCOVER The story of Alice

What makes my mother smile?

by Alice Violier

"Things that make my mother smile? It’s quite simple, but also quite complicated to describe.She and I are very close: there isn’t a day that goes by without us calling or writing to each other. For us it’s always been like that. Being the only daughter, I’ve built a very strong, close relationship with her. The kind that only exists between a mother and her daughter! And I’m very proud of that. However, if I really have to select specific things that make her smile; I’d say that the first one is simply the happiness of having her little family with her: my two brothers and me. We are so happy when we are together! These moments probably seem very simple to a lot of people, but that’s okay. Really, we don’t need anything majestic to make us feel good when we’re together. My mother smiles when I walk through the door for our Sunday brunches; and when I tell her I’ll be sleeping over in a few days’ time. She also smiles when she comes across old photos of me when I was little!  So I guess that’s the most important thing of all. What makes my mother smile the most is simple and always will be: spending time together!"

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