I have just finished "Dreams of Joy" by Lisa See written about China around 1958 when they had the great famine under Mao's Communist leadership. Compelling book but I need to read a happy one for a change where women have a better life. Seems everything I have read as late is about the sorry role of women. And I can't get the image out of my mind of those dying babies being put in pits so they could not crawl away.
However, earlier in the book this is a quote I like:
"I put a smile on my face. I came here to be happy, and I'm going to be happy. If I smile, then maybe I can convince my body just how happy I am. I look both ways, and decide to venture to the right. I don't know where I'm going. I just need to walk and keep smiling."
I think that was sort of how I felt the first day of college...