Photos of my grandparents (Mother's parents), a little thread drawing, and an old alarm clock from Laddie's collection.
Amelia mentioned that in a recently released study, Louisiana ranked highest in "happiness"-- To say that I was initially surprised is an understatement. On the other hand, this study provides some interesting correlations that have more to do with culture than with economics.
We smile a lot here in Louisiana, and we smile at strangers. We talk to people with whom we are standing in line. We comment on a stranger's great outfit or cute kid. We have little reservation in this behavior. It is a typically Southern behavior that you will find in most southern states, but I'm sure it is not exclusive to the South.
Fee and I were talking the other day about how smiling lifts our spirits. Laddie always said that a smile was a gift to be both given and received. It works for me. Someone smiles at me, I smile in return, I feel better, someone sees me smile, and smiles back, then someone sees that person smile...and the smiles can continue.
We have so many problems in our state, but we do have a friendly culture, great music, great food! And evidently, in spite of everything, people here rate their quality of life pretty highly.