Scene 1: The service counter at Shoprite, asking for our complimentary balloons. Micah receives an orange balloon (yay! his favorite!). Titus receives a green balloon (not his favorite). He refused to receive it; I tie it next to Micah's orange one. I leave with one son happy and one son exceedingly disgruntled. During the lifespan of the green balloon, as it slowing sinks to the floor and gets smaller and smaller, the green balloon is completely ignored and neglected.
Scene 2: One week later, same place. Micah receives a green balloon. Titus receives a yellow balloon. Mama says a prayer for grace.
Micah: Yay, I call it orange!
Titus: I call my balloon red!
Smiles and joy all around as we leave the store.
These stories are to introduce you to the philosophy of my new book; look for it in local booksellers near you. It will be called:
The Happiness Balloon:
Seeing Bliss in Life's Many Disappointments
Chapter One: The Happiness Blanket
Chapter Two: The Happiness Hippopotamus
Chapter Three: The Happiness Truck
Epilogue: Three Steps to Happiness with a Blue Shirt (we're still developing this one)
May all your balloons be orange hippopotami today!