Because I´m HAPPY

Because I´m happyYes, I know, I just got that song in your head for four and a half days. Sorry.

Umm but anyway… back to happiness…

What would you do if you were sauntering around the mall on a Friday afternoon and eight ten-year-old girls in school uniforms came up to you with their innocent little faces and hit you with an existential explosion: “Excuse me, we have a question for you. What makes YOU happy?”

You might pause, saying, “Wow, that´s a hard question … umm… let me think…” Or you might walk away saying, “Uh, sorry honey, I´m in a rush.” Or you might wonder what they´re trying to raise money for. You might be even more pleasantly surprised when you ask what school project this is for, and their response is simply, “We just want you to be happy!” Or you might answer something like: my health… my kids… spending time with my friends and family …

Because all of the above happened to the Everest ECyD girls during Operation Joy. Don´t forget that if you smile, you get a homemade yellow smiley sticker.

My favorite encounter was two of the most outgoing girls walking determinedly up to a group of four business people: the two men in their sharp suits, the two women in fur coats and heels. I wish I was standing close enough to hear their responses to the girls´ existential question. All I know is that it was quite brief, and only one of them answered.

Nevertheless, the smiley sticker went right on top of the fur coat.

About Carol Dodd

Carol Dodd is a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi in her studies stage of formation. She is from Dallas, Texas, where she attended The Highlands, the Regnum Christi school there, for 11 years. After graduating, she was a Regnum Christi missionary in Chicago for one year. She made her first vows on March 14, 2015 after two years of candidacy at the formation center in Rhode Island. After three years at Mater Ecclesiae College, she is now part of the new studies stage community in Madrid, where she is studying Theology at the Universidad Eclesiástica San Dámaso.
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