There’s a scene in A Muppet Family Christmas where Ernie and Burt (from Sesame Street) have a conversation with Doc (from Fraggles) and Ernie and Burt can’t help pointing out what letter every word begins with. “Bunk beds: B words!” they say as Ernie chortles. When Doc looks at them askance they explain, “Where we come from, this is small talk.” My sister once said that the scene reminded her of our family — except that complaining, not letters, are our family’s small talk. It’s not that we are unhappy people. We just like to air our grievances. But sometimes it’s good to air positive feelings too and that’s just what I plan to do. In this 20-part series, I focus on the many reasons I have to be happy.
Reason to be happy #12: Relaxing with a cup of cocoa after my son goes to bed.
Reason to be happy #12.5: I spiked said cocoa with a shot of marshmallow vodka.