(I titled the post that way just to get my coworkers’ attention. It probably worked.)
My son wrote a “book” for me this morning with a story of his own creation. In the back of the book was an opinion poll:
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My youngest daughter is what can only properly be termed a “free spirit.” This is an example of the kinds of things she draws:
I honestly believe this is how she perceives the world around her. The sun is always shining, and people are incessantly happy. This is because she is incessantly happy. She is the girly-girl of the family, the one who skips through the house while singing songs of her own devising. And thinks ponies are awesome.
It is possible to discourage her, though it is largely an act when she responds and she is never discouraged for very long.
I wish more people had this view of the world. If we did, maybe the world would look more like this.
“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”–Aldous Huxley