“Happy,” called his best friend, Sammy. “Come here.”
“Okay,” said Happy.
Believe it or not, Happy was a monster. You wouldn’t know it, however, because Happy was a very friendly and very happy monster.
Happy walked over to where Sammy was waiting for him. Sammy was standing under a big oak tree that was growing in the middle of the park.
“Something from this tree keeps hitting me in the head,” said Sammy.
Happy laughed because he saw a squirrel on a branch right above Sammy’s head. The squirrel was purposefully dropping acorns onto Sammy’s head.
“What is so funny?” asked Sammy.
“Take a look up the branch above your head,” said Happy.
Sammy looked up and he saw what the squirrel was doing.
“Oh!” exclaimed Sammy angrily. “I am going to get you for that.”
Sammy shook his fist at the squirrel but the squirrel didn’t move an inch. He knew Sammy would never be able to climb the tree. The squirrel continued to drop acorns onto Sammy’s head.
Sammy was furious with the squirrel. He was yelling at him and shaking his fists at him. Finally, the squirrel hopped onto another branch and then onto another tree.
“How come I can’t be a happy monster like you?” Sammy asked Happy.
“You can,” said Happy. “Monsters don’t have to be mean and nasty. Monsters can be happy too. All you have to do is to learn to smile and learn to laugh.”
“Smile and laugh,” said Sammy. “I am pretty sure that I can do that.”
“It is very easy,” said Happy.
The next day Sammy and Happy were standing under the oak tree again. They heard the squirrel on the branch above their heads. Sammy felt an acorn hit him on the head.
“Remember,” said Happy. “Smile and laugh.”
Sammy smiled up at the squirrel. The squirrel was not expecting that reaction so he didn’t throw the acorn at Sammy’s head. Instead he threw it directly onto the ground.
Sammy was so relieved that he started laughing uncontrollably.
“See,” said Happy. “You can be a very happy monster.”
“Yes,” said Sammy, liking the happy side of himself very much. “I can be happy and I really like being happy.”