What Makes Me Happy

What Makes Me Happy

By Saralyn Richard


Nana with the cast of “Peter and Wendy”

Recently, one of my writer friends, Kathleen Kaska, featured me in her newsletter, the theme of which was: What Makes You Happy?

I had fun answering Kathleen’s questions and thought I’d share them with you.

  1. What makes you happy? children and dogs! A long-time educator, I taught pre-school through twelfth grade, and I never had a dull moment. Every time I thought I’d seen and heard everything, something else happened to surprise me. Being surrounded by children guarantees that you’ll have new ideas and be forced to find creative solutions. I’m similarly happy when I go places with my sheepdog, Nana. Prior to Covid, Nana and I visited more than 100 schools, libraries, and museums, where we read the children’s book Naughty Nana. Nana is a show-stopping celebrity, and watching her light up when she’s with people is magical.
  2. What songs, when you hear them, make you glad to be alive? I love show tunes. I can belt out the lyrics to almost any Broadway musical, and I’ve been known to dance around the family room while I’m singing. Happy, sad, romantic, or whatever, I love to pretend that I’m on stage, singing like a Tony-award winner. Two of my favorites are, “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady, and “Tonight” from West Side Story. I also love the Bee Gees tunes from Saturday Night Fever.
  3. What are your most profound beliefs? One of my beliefs is that time is our most precious commodity. I’m terrible at keeping track of time, though. I also believe in the power of girlfriends, great books, and ghosts.

Last weekend, my husband and I got to hear Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. (formerly of the Fifth Dimension) sing, and we visited with them afterwards. We saw them perform on our first date many years ago, when we were in college. We are still together, and so are they! Another reason to be happy!


What makes YOU happy?


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13 replies
  1. Debra H Goldstein
    Debra H Goldstein says:

    I saw them when I was a freshman in college as part of The Fifth Dimension (gives my age away). Also a big fan of Broadway songs. Interesting how the music you refer to can make all of us happy. Nice piece — including the other things that make you happy.

  2. Lois Winston
    Lois Winston says:

    I’d rather be in a Broadway theater, watching a great play or musical, than just about anywhere else on the planet. Maybe in my next life, I’ll make it onstage. Given that I can neither sing, dance, nor act, that’s a bucket list item that will never happen in this lifetime! 😉

  3. Kathryn Lane
    Kathryn Lane says:

    Your love of dogs and children comes through in Naughty Nana, a book I’ve not only read for my own pleasure, I have also given away to a couple of children.

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