For those of you that have been with us on the Positively Kids page for a while, you already know about Sharing our Smiles – a song we created for our music CD and video Captain Positive: Be Happy.
When the Positively Kids team first began collaborating on the smile sharing concept, I was immediately reminded of when my daughter was two. Back then, she taught me just how positively contagious a smile could be. If she saw somebody frowning or feeling sad, she’d just smile at them. Genuine, bright and beaming, sometimes she would actually stare them down smiling until they smiled back. That’s when I realized just how amazing smiles were for our world and that everybody deserved to get as many smiles as possible. If she saw somebody frowning or feeling sad, she’d just smile at them. Genuine, bright and beaming, sometimes she would actually stare them down smiling until they smiled back. That’s when I realized just how amazing smiles were for our world and that everybody deserved to get as many smiles as possible.
I wanted the Sharing our Smiles music video to feature kids sharing pure happiness in a variety of ways. I put the word out to our fabulous Facebook community via a contest last year and was amazed by the submissions. The result is a video that’s special beyond my wildest hopes and expectations. After hearing from fans about why their pictures were so special and meaningful to them, I grew so attached to the project that I even learned how to edit video, just to make sure each precious photo was placed precisely where it belonged.
Connie was so excited to have photos of her beautiful children included in our musical time capsule, that she sent us a whole bunch of happy photos to choose from.
Joanne was so excited to have her Amanda as part of the music video that she beamed, “she is my reason for living! She gives me the strength to get through every day.”
Then there’s Hannah, the then 6-year-old with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) who not only underwent chemo but also endured a bone marrow transplant. According to her mom Kelly, you’d never have known her suffering – she smiled through every minute of her ordeal. In her picture, the ‘thank you’ sign she’s holding is for her anonymous bone marrow donor who saved her life.
Hayes, aka ‘Mr. Sunny Day’ has a smile that can transform the world. In spite of the constant doctors’ appointments and seizures for a rare chromosome disorder, he’s still able to smile and show than any day can be a sunny day. He’s shown me that everyone has the ability to empower others, just with the power of their own attitude.
At the moment in the song where the words say, “When you share what’s inside of you…”, the photo you’ll see is that of Justin. According to his mom Tracy, he has a love and a smile for his sisters that I couldn’t resist sharing with all of you. He may have nonverbal autism, but his power to speak to all of us goes beyond words.
Sean, Leslie’s son, has downs syndrome. Wait til you see him on stage, generating smiles and happiness all around him.
I also had to add a clip from this infectiously positive video I found. It’s from Sign4Baby‘s cutie, a happy, jumping, silly little munchkin who you can’t help but smile at!
Beyond these happy faces, there are countless other beautiful kids featured in the Sharing Our Smiles video – some are smiling in the face of adversity and others are not – but every last one is facing the camera, flashing their pearly whites (some with a few missing) and giving the viewer something to smile about.
I hope this video and song encompasses for you what our Facebook community of kids and their special grown ups means to me. I hope it brings a smile to your face and puts a smile in your heart. Please share these smiles with the ones you love – and if that doesn’t do the trick, take a cue from my darling daughter and smile them down until they return the favor