that smile you got

she's just trying to act right.

smile in the face of adversity
stand up for herself without being an ass
trust her gut
let kindness be the rule
make hay while the sun shines

all that shit.
i mean stuff.
all that stuff.
all that really valuable important stuff.

and that is why she smiled at you today
even as you were insulting her intelligence
publicly.

you should thank her parents for that smile you got
because
without their voices in her ear
well
that moment would have looked very different.