Thursday, February 07, 2008

Happy Thoughts

I don't tell my daughter to say her prayers before going to bed. It would be dishonest and misleading, not to mention hypocritical. I'd rather she buy into the fanciful Tooth Ferry or the Easter Bunny than some vengeful bearded man in the clouds waiting to judge with wrath our every move.

No. there will be none of that nonsense in my house.

Instead, I tell her to have happy thoughts as she settles in under her blanket and closes her eyes. "Have Happy Thoughts" and "I love you" are the last things she hears before sleep.

Sometimes, however, being the inquisitive girl that she is, she will ask: "But what are my happy thoughts, Daddy?"

"Playing with your friends," I will say, "or kisses from Daddy..." the list grows longer as she and I take turns adding new entries.

It's not a bad way to end the day, and on occasion I will lie quietly in the dark making my own list in my head as I drift toward sleep...

"So, what are your Happy Thoughts Mr. G&T?" You may ask.

Well, let me tell you:

-Bright smiles from my children as I walk in the door after work.
-The smell of meat grilling over charcoal.
-Hot Wings and cold beer.
-Bonus checks.
-Naps on the futon.
-Singing songs badly with my daughter in the car.
-Comfortable shoes.
-The Smell of fresh cut grass.
-Fat fresh Mackerel at a Sushi Bar.
-Heaving Cleavage.
-A tall glass of Scotch and a long cigar on the back deck under a full moon on a warm summer night.

mmm... I'm getting sleepy. I don't suppose you have any happy thoughts, do you?


  1. The lucky one2:37 AM

    My happy thoughts would make you cry.

  2. princess8:35 AM

    ~ all three of the kids piled on top of me on the couch on a saturday morning, fire in the fireplace, husband making waffles
    ~ new lipstick and shoes
    ~ a visit from mom
    ~ a clean house
    ~ my new sirus radio in the minivan!
    ~ NOT going to the office every day
    ~ hot new jeans
    ~ conversations in bed in the dark with husband
    ~ law school memories (the drunken parties, not the exams)
    ~ hot chycks in skimpy sundresses
    ~ and the G & T blog, of course.....

  3. So what exactly are you going to say to the kids when they ask "Daddy, what happens to us when we die?" How does praying before diner at the grandparents work out for ya?

    I'll send CCV a prayer request.

  4. Dude, happy thoughts... happy thoughts...

  5. Just keep thinking about the easter bunny. I'll leave the light on for ya.

  6. Easter bunny10:41 AM

    I think I'll start my own religion

  7. Um, no happy thoughts about the Mrs?

  8. Anonymous11:57 AM

    - Time with my kids
    - Time off work
    - Airport meetings
    - Boots
    - Lying in bed, in his arms,talking, kissing
    - get togethers with the whole family
    - talking with friends
    - late night/early morning chats
    - Fridays

  9. Anonymous11:58 AM

    My happy thoughts:

    -The beach
    -A fire in the fireplace
    -A hot tub
    -Candles going
    -A bottle of wine

  10. Hitler1:32 PM

    -The smell of burning jewish flesh
    -World domination
    -The demise of Russia
    -No more gays
    -a good kraut dog

  11. I like the words you use to tuck her in. Cute!

  12. "Daddy, what happens to us when we die?"
    "We don't die, honey. Just the Smith family."

  13. "Daddy, what happens to the Smith family when they die?"

    "Well, I don't know about the others, but their daddy will be sucked down to Hell where he will have to take it in the ass from Satan, Lord of Darkness, for all of eternity. Now have happy thoughts. I love you."

  14. - Sea World
    - Fruit Snacks
    - killing Teddy Bears
    - Pear Cider
    - Chili Cheese Fries
    - Bed Business
    - Happy fun naked time
    - love letters
    - monkey balls

  15. Man... all I can say is that I am bummed I was busy at work and didn't get in on THIS thread...

    My list.... well... I've got a few things on that list...

  16. I like how your happy thoughts are simple things. :)
    I need to dwell more often on my happy simple things...I stress out too much over work and money, I think Ive forgotten how to think happy.


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