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B-HAPPYY, a thoughtful message from a license plate

It was raining hard today as I drove north on Highway 100. I wasn’t thinking if I was happy or sad or angry or fearful, I just was driving, just living. Breathing in and out. Sort of neutral. I was not smiling. Then the license plate on the Black Buick Enclave in front of me gave me a message.

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The Black Buick Enclave told me, “B-HAPPYY.” Actually, it was yelling at me. Or do all license plates yell? Are they always all capital letters?

And whoever paid the seventy-six dollars plus the standard registration fee for their vanity license plate in Pennsylvania, with seven letters and one hyphen, B-HAPPYY, I thank you.

Thank you car driver in front of me for reminding me to be happy. Or to B-HAPPYY. Thank you for reminding me life is fun.  And we can spell happy with two p’s and two y’s, and we can spell be, b. Thank you for helping me smile.

Maybe the license plate was singing not yelling?

I wrote the part about the license plate yelling before I went to bed last night. This morning when I woke up at five. Or when the cat woke me up at five, I thought, Maybe the license plate wasn’t yelling. Maybe it was singing? Maybe it was singing this song?

Happiness is the truth

It might be raining. It might be raining outside your car. It might be raining inside your house. It might be raining inside your heart.


Happiness is a Choice

“You have two choices. You can be happy or you can be sad. And I pick happy all the time. Happiness is a choice.”
— Berdeane Bodley, My mother


“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”
― William James


“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Now I want to save my money and buy a license plate that says SSMILE

Do you think happiness is a choice?

Please tell me in the comments how you are doing. I always love to hear from you. Hi Mom.

I wonder how happy my mom was when I called her at 5:28 this morning asking for her wisdom about being happy?


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Berdeane Bodley

    Pamela Berdeane, no matter what time you call me I LOVE hearing your voice, do you remember when you lived in Tokyo you could never seem to get used to the time difference & so I invariably would get a call from you like at 2 a.m. No matter, it was still your voice & what are Mothers for if not to be wakened at that ungodly hour. I love you!! 🙂

    • Hello Mother of mine,
      Well, I could call you tonight at 2 a.m. so you would feel loved. But, I will wait until you wake up, like 3 a.m. Right Mom?
      Thank you for always being there to listen and give advice. And for listening and not giving advice.

  • Thanks for sharing the song. It was very upbeat. I had not heard it before. It made me happy. :^)

    • Hello Eva,
      You are very welcome. The song makes me happy too. I hope you had a happy day filled with sunshine.

  • Cathy Duffy

    I have this quote above my bathroom mirror – “Happiness is what we make it. Always has been – Always will be”. We don’t always get to choose what happens along the road, but we do get to choose whether we greet it with a smile or a scowl or a frown. Personally, I like what Buddy the Elf says “I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite.”
    Have a happy day, Pamela!

    • Hello Cathy,
      Thank you for sending me a smile. Buddy the Elf is very wise. Maybe I need it is time to draw on my mirror again with lipstick. I would draw, “Smile.”
      Hope your day is filled with sunshine.