November 1st, 2011

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Happy Halloween

A friend was talking about Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. She's interested in starting a group to set happiness goals and talk about them. I am always looking for new and different things to do over a beer so I read the book. It was really fun! Not because the book is anything wonderful, but because I read it during a weekend of hanging out with this same friend during a scout trip. Since the book gives a very shallow view of a privileged mom trying to mindfully examine twelve (the project was a yearlong pursuit) aspects of happiness, we privileged moms had a blast bitching about the book's many shortcomings. And yet...

It's still an intriguing idea. While I think it sounds trite and selfish to state that my personal goal is happiness, I would be satisfied and delighted if my kids grew up to be happy people. I don't have lower expectations for them than I do for myself, do I? Is there something better I would hope to obtain? I'll figure that out this month, maybe. In the meantime, here's a picture my neighbor took this afternoon at her party.



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