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On a cool December day, my classmates and me went to a rest home to sing Christmas carols to the elderly. At the I was in 4th grade, and it was my first time going to a place like this and I couldn't help but feeling a little nervous, but at the same time I was anxious. My teacher, Mrs. Mello, gave us all jobs such as passing around cookies and cards we made ahead of time. My job was the hardest of them all, I was to go around and talk with people and ask them what they were doing for the holidays and questions like that. There was no turning back now I was too far in.

People started to file into the small room decorated with spirited streamers, paper chains, garlands, and ornaments to help make the room feel welcome and harm with holiday spirit. Mrs. Mello had warned us all before that some would be sweet while others wouldn't and then said to me, " Most of them would enjoy a friendly smile for their holidays. For some that's all they need to brighten up their holidays, so go ahead and smile." The smiling I knew I could handle, but I wasn't quite sure about what she meant when she said, " for some that's all they need to lighten up their holidays". I began smiling as we began to sing our first song " Silent Night". I made sure that I smiled the most sincere smile I could as I kept on singing. I looked into their eyes and received smiles back, but with others I didn't. Even though many didn't smile back, it didn't discourage me, so I kept on smiling.

There was one particular woman who looked as if...