Mei was not happy.
Her mother gave her a cookie but she was still sad.
Her father tickled her but she did not laugh.
Her brother told a joke but it was not funny.
Her sister shared her lemonade but it tasted sour.
Mei sat alone under a big willow tree in the city park.
Along came an African bullfrog.
“What makes you happy, Mr. Frog?”
“The sun that warms my skin.” He croaked and hopped away.
Mei reached out and pinched off a ray of sunshine and put it in her pocket.
Shortly, a green sea turtle waddled over.
“Mr. Turtle, what makes you happy?”
The turtle slowly poked his head out of the ground.
“The soft, rich Earth that feeds me.” He walked off into the small pond nearby.
Mei scooped up a handful of dirt as she watched the turtle disappear into the water.
A beautiful, golden carp swam into view.
“Mrs. Koi, what makes you happy?”
“The refreshing water that keeps me floating.” She turned around and splashed water on Mei.
The little girl giggled.
“Caw. Cacaw.” A family of macaws sang.
“What makes you happy, birdies?”
“The cool breeze that flutters my feathers.” The birds soar higher into the clouds.
Mei took a deep breath to fill her lungs with the warm air.
Now she was tired and hungry and wished for that cookie and lemonade again.
She sat back and fell asleep, lulled by the soft lullaby of the rustling leaves.
“Mei! There you are. We’ve been looking for you.”
She opened one eye to see her mother, father, brother and sister smiling at her.
She hugged her family and said, “I know what makes ME happy--LOVE.“
A small sprout grew out of her pocket where she stored the sunshine, the Earth, the water, the wind and love.