Keep Smiling

Thanks for sharing this!

The stock market’s up. Interest rates remain at a reasonable level. Scientists claim dark chocolate’s a healthy food–yet few people are smiling.

It seems El Nino is the cause of part of the unhappiness.

Up North, where January has been spring-like, complaints center on the heat, not knowing what to wear, no snow and no skiing.

In the South summer hangs on and grousing is about the fog, the rain, high humidity and running the a/c in winter.

How come everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that heat bills are low and golfing is great?

Of course it could be all the griping isn’t really about the weather. Maybe it’s about a whole generation of baby boomers dreading their next birthday.

In Carpenter Country the old gal celebrating her day has this advice: Don’t fret. Becoming a geezer is almost painless. And very little beats a chocolate layer cake topped with candles, or a mailbox jammed with enough greeting cards to outnumber the monthly bills.

So Happy Birthday to her–and to you.

And keep smiling.

You might also like these posts

Essay — Web art We've been busy in Carpenter Country this week, with a new project underway and an older project coming into the editing stage. But we still made time to admire nature's art. We know, of course, that spiders communicate through the world wide web, and that every modern spider has a web site. We were still in awe of the size...
Essay – Scrabbling for words Image source: HL Carpenter   It’s Saturday, and this week’s work in progress is done. Time for a break. Too bad it’s raining and pouring. But no one in Carpenter Country is snoring. We’re playing Scrabble. Before long the tile bag is empty and most spaces on the board are covered with words. As the p...
Essay — Turtle days Image source: HL Carpenter   Why did the turtle go to the movies? Because she liked the book. This week has been slow and colorful here in Carpenter Country. In addition to the turtle we spotted plodding across the yard, the rose is blooming, Image source: HL Carpenter   the Loropetalum, or Chine...
Essay — With a cherry on top Image source: HL Carpenter   Someone in Carpenter Country celebrated a birthday this week. You'll have to guess which of us turned a year older because we're not telling. We will say the cake and ice cream were yum! And the birthday girl was happy with her gifts. Happy Birthday, Partner. May you have ma...

We write. Visit us in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue.

Posted in Essays Tagged with: ,