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The power of hello

How a simple 'hi' can brighten your day

Duck says hello

A simple hello held the power to brighten my day.

I had picked up a prescription at my local drug store when a small child, maybe 4 years old, peeked out from behind his mother's leg. He smiled at me and said hello. I heard him speaking Mandarin earlier, so I smiled back and said "nǐ hǎo."

He laughed a coy but mischievous laugh, . . .

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October 17, 2018

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