My colleague Nikki is doing a two part story about what makes people happy. Tomorrow's paper will feature the first part - What Makes Men Happy? We've been talking about what we would say if anyone cared enough about us to ask, and here's a selection of responses:
Finishing a project - be it a story, a jersey, a necklace, a pair of earrings, a cake, tidying my room, writing a letter, posting something on my blog, finishing a really good book.
Being Sweeney's aunty - it's amazing to see the little fella change, and to be part of his future. I wonder a lot about what the world will be like when he's older, what he will be like as a man. I also love it when he laughs so hard his tummy and shoulders go up and down. He's got a funny nerd laugh that cracks me up.
My friends - last night after French I went to dinner with some pals, and Deb and Gus said 'yey!' when I walked in and made room for me at the table. That's a pretty nice feeling. I gave my friend Becc a necklace I thought she'd like, and when she put it on, I was really proud that I had made something beautiful for someone I care about, and been able to share my craft with her.
Seeing things grow - I love growing things from seed, putting the dirt over them, putting them in the sun, seeing little curls of leaf come out of the earth. I have my first vege patch since I was a kid growing up in Arthur Street, and I can't wait for the first carrots and beetroot and parnsips. I'm also becoming a bit obsessive about composting theories.
Charlie - my furry boyfriend. I just adore him. I'm so lucky to have him. Even if he is being difficult about chicken and venison chef at the moment, and cost me $400 in vet bills last year from fighting with other cats.
A good cup of tea, the colour red, squirrels, pink underpants, being called beautiful by the postie, waking up beside the postie, a hot bowl of porridge with cream and brown sugar, gratin dauphinoise, parcels, Monty Python skits that I know off by heart but which still make me laugh, an untapped op-shop, the Tour de France, storage containers.
So, dear readers - the question is - what makes you happy?