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THE SMILE MERCHANT-A short story with lessons about smiling

Updated on July 10, 2011

Stories always have a way of teaching lessons in a sweet, beautiful and sometimes painful manner. They leave the reader pondering and trying to figure out what the lesson was about. Not only children learn that way, adults could learn even more if they´d only released their inner child.

I like my stories direct and very obvious since my only aim is to deliver a message. It may not earn me a fortune, but that is not my purpose either. If I can have one reading get the morale of the story and successfully apply it in his/her life, I´ll be satisfied.

I will not make an introduction. I will let you judge by yourself and decide what´s there to be learned and applied in your own life.

I hope you like it!

Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,



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People kept on coming to Melankólia, a lugubrious, sad place, with such a depressing ambiance, that one was wondering: why did they come? To what did they come? Even the sun there was pale and cold.

The Cafe “il Ragazzo giú” (the depressed boy) belonging to Pieroluigi Senzánima, was the only place of meeting in Melankólia.

It was a receptacle of all kinds of artists, poets, stressed individuals, survivors to attempts of suicide;but never a slovenly, second-hand-clothes dealer, had been allowed in “il Ragazzo giú”.

Elegies, songs of spite, tragedies, public criticism and gossiping were the favorite spectacles of Pieroluigi.

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One day, a ragged, bearded character presented himself, and did his entry in the Cafe. The place became mute before such presence. Pieroluigi, eyeing the man, shouted from the bar: “Out! Out of here, filthy rag! Your class is not welcome in this respectable place!! Get Out! "

“My class, you say, my dear sir?” The man answered with a smile that illuminated the whole enclosure. “But, I see just human beings here. Only that. I am not an animal" He added still smiling. "Besides, my dear sir, I came here to give. I did not come to beg “

“And what can you offer us that we already do not possess, dirty beggar?” Pieroluigi answered, as he despitefully laughed and looked smugly at everyone for having insulted the poor man. The beggar kept on smiling and  said to him:

" I propose something to you, my dear sir: allow me a few moments  alone with each one of the people present; if  I convince them that they do not have everything, you  will give me a warm meal and a good glass of wine. But if I shall fail, you will be free to do with me as you please. How`s that? “

The Cafe was flooded by a big guffaw of everyone present. Pieroluigi thought for a brief moment, shrugged his shoulders and said:

Very well, beggar. I wish you the best of luck. You are going to need it”

And so it happened. One by one met with the beggar, and one by one abandoned the place with a big smile on his face. Eventually, only Pieroluigi and the beggar remained there.

The curiosity of the Cafe owner was such, that he went closer to the vagabond and asked him: “What do you carry in that bag, beggar? What do you have in there that my money and my cozy place could not buy? ”

“It is precisely that, my dear sir! A thing nobody can buy! ” the beggar said. “ I´ll make you a deal, my dear gentleman: I shall give you the whole contents of my bag in barter for your Cafe”.

“B-but, but have you lost your wits, crazy beggar? Nothing you carry in that sordid sack of yours can pay for a chair of my Cafe! ” Refuted Pieroluigi.

“Very well then, I shall remain with the secret of its content and don´t worry for the meal or the wine. I am already pretty satisfied.  I shall go now” he added.

“Just a moment! How so? You have not proved a morsel! ” Pieroluigi said.

Ignoring him, the vagabond continued on his way with his sack to the shoulder. But before he could leave the place, Pieroluigi shouted at him:

“Wait! Wait! I accept! I accept! It has to be something extraordinary you carry in that sack for everyone to have left so satisfied. Give to me here! ” he said as he tried to snatch the sack out of his hands.

“A moment, my dear sir” the beggar answered hiding the sack to his back. “There is one condition!” “Hey! What else do you want from me? I am giving you everything I possess! ” protested Pieroluigi.

“You will have to continue on with my task. Can`t have my treasure and remain here! “He warned.

“Alright! Alright! Here, take the keys to my Cafe. Now give me the bag!

“And so the beggar did; he took the keys and delivered his sack. Pieroluigi opened the bag desperately and as the contents revealed itself his face was illuminated like the sun.

He looked at the vagabond and smiled, mounted the sack on his right shoulder and left without saying one word. The vagabond looked back at him and said: “Here I will be waiting for you, my friend, when you have finished your task”

Saying this, the beggar disappeared and the Cafe with him.

In the far distance, a sweet melody was heard… It was humming Pieroluigi, the Smile Merchant...


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    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Thank you...I am so content that you enjoyed and it worked for you...How wonderful that feels....

      Smiles, love and blessings,

    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      So glad you enjoyed, my friend...I´m very happy you did...Remember to smile always...

      Love, light and blessings...

    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Thank you so very much, dearest Marlene... I so appreciate your walking my lines and leaving your beautiful aura around them, my dear... Yes, Kindness has never had a disagreement with anyone; and it doesn´t bite...So being kind is a gift...

      Love, light and many blessings, straight to your heart...


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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Your story certainly put a smile on my face. I enjoyed it a lot. I also enjoyed your videos, especially the one about kindness. There is one quote that says something like, "Where ever there are humans is an opportunity to be kind." That statement is quite true. Thank you for your kind heart and for sharing your story. It is a beautiful reminder to be kind to all. Excellent hub.

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      Bibekananda Sahoo 

      6 years ago

      So nice story. Please friends read it. it's really worked & shown you the right way of living

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      6 years ago

      so nice i liked

    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Ah, My dearest Michelle Joy...

      I´m so glad you liked it! It´s the best reward I can get. My brothers and sisters´smiles and warm hearts!

      Thank you for being here!

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,

      Your Kuya Al

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Such a beautiful story kuya Al. Simply and profoundly beautiful! Hugs and blessings and smiles... :) :) :)

    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Anytime, my brother!Thank you so much! We must try to find our soul mirror, just to realize how beautiful we are inside and begin to live as ONE! That time is nigh, brother, very nigh...

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,


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      Levi Joshua Kell 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      A true and wonderful story. Thanks Al.

    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      My sweetest kaibigan...

      I´ve missed you very much. Sorry to hear your baby´s been sick. Have faith as he´ll be healthy as a prettydarkhorse very soon! Thank you for your kind comments. Salamat, deary!

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,


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      8 years ago from US

      this beautiful story is heart rendering, awesome of course, sorry been not reading hubs lately, I hide hehe, Maita

    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Thank you so much, Mio carissimo fratello.

      Glad to see you again, H. Your perception was perfect! A magick mirror, well yes, sort of. It was a Soul Mirror. Great insight, Bro! Forzza Azzurri!!! I hope they´ll make it to the final! Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,


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      8 years ago from Italy

      Very beautiful story Al, rated up and beautiful. And stumbled. I guess inside the sack there is a kind of mirror which reminds us of the true reason why we love life, different for each one of us. Great story. :)

    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Ah! My dearest Janny...

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy you liked the story! Thank you from my heart, deary!

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,


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      8 years ago

      What classic writing!! I love this style that leaves it open for the reader. This made me al warm and fuzzy inside what treasured writing!

    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Thanks a lot, equalla, dear sister!

      I am glad you liked it and enjoyed it. More important, I am glad you got something from it!

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,


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      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Mystique1957, You have a way with words, I could see this old beggar, and how he dissapeared in the end. The merchant just passed my way too.

      Amazingly beautiful - vid 1

      Exstraordinary - vid 2

    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Ah, my dearest Darski...

      Thank you! Thank you so much! I am glad it got to you. As long as the message goes through, I am content! You too, darling! Have a great and enlightened week!!

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,


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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      This is truly touching and so important, this is a must read for for many, you have reached so many, your love and passion shines through. Have a wonderful week.

    • Mystique1957 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Shalini, my dearest Sister...

      How nice of you to stop by and comment. I am so glad to be responsible for your Monday morning smile, deary. For me it is a sweet heartwarming feeling I am going to bed with...

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,


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      Shalini Kagal 

      8 years ago from India

      Thank you for that heartwarming story, Al. What a wonderful start to my week - a smile on Monday morning :)


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