Imaging cooking in this kitchen – no gas or electric stove, you couldn’t start the fire… and your mother-in-law is hungry…

I like reading books. Most of the time, I don’t remember what I have read, but some books I remember them clearly. When I was in junior high, I read a book about a Chinese woman who was abused by her mother-in-law both mentally and physically. I remember thinking how could anyone live such a miserable life. It was worse than dying, I would tell her over and over. And it was at that very young age, I promised myself that I would never put myself into a situation like that.

Happiness is a word, which is used to describe a certain mental state. When you are in that state, you feel good and maybe even a little excited.

I am happy when I meet (get to know) nice people. They don’t even have to know my existence; I am just happy that there are nice people around. For example, I recently started following . Don gives good advices to other bloggers; he encourages us to follow other bloggers’ blog and even invites us to tell others about our blog on his blog. He’s inspired me!

I am happy when I see a great piece of art. I discovered via Don’s blog. I love her photos – they make me happy. Really!

I am happy when I have a nice meal at a restaurant. It doesn’t have to be a fancy restaurant, but it has to be comfy, and has good food. Ok, I admit, I like romantic restaurants.

I am happy when realizing my old friends are still remembering me, even though I have a habit of being a silent observer from time to time.

I think what bothers me the most about that Chinese woman in the story is that she couldn’t be herself. I still feel sad for her.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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  1. Harty says:

    I think I may have read that same story, but can’t remember where.
    I like your take on the happiness prompt – being comfortable with yourself is so important but sometimes we need other people to reassure us that we’re ok. I guess that was part of the problem for the woman in the story.
    Wishing you a happy weekend! 🙂


    • Helen C says:

      Harty, thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for your comment. I have a feeling that there are a lot for us to talk about 😉 Hope we will. Have a good weekend!


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