Happiness is everywhere

John - Deland, Florida
Entered on February 19, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

I believe that happiness lies in everyone everywhere. Like the other day, my mom and I were running around Wal-Mart trying to get what we needed for dinner that night. When my mom sent me off to get a loaf of bread, I passed by a group of small children who were no older than five with their mom who was scrounging around for a box of cereal. The kids were barefoot and were wearing old dirty clothes, but they seemed to be happy. All five of them were crammed into a shopping cart and were playing with a single McDonalds toy but looked to be happy and having fun.

Or like the time I went with my friend to volunteer at a soup kitchen at his church. It was right after a group of tornadoes came through our city so there were a lot of people who turned out. As people would walk by with their trays to get food it seemed as if food was like gold to them. Every time you would put more food on their plate it would make them smile just a little bit more. But one person there stuck out to me. There was a little girl who came in with her mom and her sister and her mother looked to be sick. With a smile on her face she walked over to me and put up her dirty hands for me to give her some bread. Before we started the three hour shift, I was told to only give one dinner roll per person, but when I handed her a first roll, I couldn’t help but to give her one more. When she went back to her family, she still had that smile on her face. And kept it the whole night. She always looked happy but I knew that she would go back to living on the streets and I wondered how anyone could even find happiness if they live that.

But happiness really does lie in every one, everywhere.

This I believe.