'If you smile the whole world smiles with you!' chimed Penny.
'That's good. Laughter does you good.'
'Well maybe not the whole world but a few. Terry anyway. I know Grandma could do with some cheering up. Shall we go and see her in Hospital?'
'Poor Barbara. She's had a slight stroke. We ought to visit her but Rupert's got the car so we'll have go by bus.'
'Ok. Where's Dad gone?'
'Some firm went bankrupt and he has to sort things out.'
'We'll get the bus. I'll look up the times.
So Penny and her Mum waited for the Bus with a crowd of elderly people who went free and some mothers with babies in prams. They waited and other buses came and went but not their's.
'Perhaps we should go tomorrow Penny. We may have more luck.'
Just as they were about to leave the bus came. The mum's and babies had some room at the front for their prams but with the old people's luggage from the shops the bus was crowded. Penny and her Mum had to sit in seats apart from each other.
The bus trundled along and stopped at a small village and two elderly women took a long time to get out of the bus. Then the driver took the bus on a countryside trip to places far away from their destination. It was getting late. Then there was a road completely blocked for repairs so some sort of detour was required.
Next a lady got on who clearly fancied the driver and kept chatting to him, offering sweets and then strawberries. The driver didn't worry and eat his fill.
'Anyone for Tolpuddle village?' he shouted.
At least that excursion was off although anyone waiting there would get no bus.
Eventually they arrived at the hospital where most of the passengers got off.
At the hospital they had to wait because they had missed visiting hours and had to wait for the next session. They sat in a coridor with nothing in it. Everyone sat and stared at the walls.
Penny looked at some magazines about clebrities and saw how they smiled, but you knew they didn't mean it.
At last, Grandma.
She didn't look well but you had to smile, although you didn't feel it.
'I'm out tomorrow' Grandma said 'they need the bed.'
'So soon? I think you should have more time to recuperate.'
Penny didn't feel like telling jokes but she tried to cheer Grandma up by telling her about Terry scoring a goal.
'He must be a fine lad' she said weakly.
'Yes. He is. I think I might be a footballers wife one day.'
Penny's Mum didn't look pleased.
'That would be exciting.' said Grandma.
'I'm being called Penny Posh after Victoria Beckham'.
'They couldn't sing, those Spice Girls.' Grandma reflected.
'But they made plenty of money. Victoria is a fashion idol. She has the perfect life.'
'Now I think we should be going. Barbara, dear, I hope you will get a lift home tomorrow. I'm afraid Rupert has the car.'
'Yes that's all looked after.'
'I will come and see you when you are home, Grandma.'
As Penny walked away all she could say was. 'It's hard to smile sometimes.'