This, Or A Warm Gun

“The teacher asked once what did we talk about when we talked about happiness. And then one student said that happiness is what happens when you go to bed on the hottest night of the summer, a night so hot you can’t even wear a tee-shirt and you sleep on top of the sheets instead of under them, although try to sleep is probably the most accurate. And then at some point late, late, late at night, say just a bit before dawn, the heat finally breaks and the night turns cool and when you briefly wake up, you notice that you’re almost chilly, and in your groggy, half-consciousness, you reach over and pull the sheet around you and just that flimsy sheet makes it warm enough and you drift back off into a deep sleep. And it’s that reaching, that gesture, that reflex we have to pull what’s warm – whether it’s something or someone – towards us, that feeling we get when we do that, that feeling of being safe in the world and ready for sleep, that’s happiness.”

― Paul Schmidtberger, Design Flaws of the Human Condition

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  2. J Clivas says

    We need this Schmidtberger chap to define for us what happiness is??

    Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says


    Need? Of course not.

    Posted April 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  4. Tina says

    As we in Texas move into our wonderful hot summers, in towns that still remember “the sleeping porch”, that quote is as apt as can be.

    Thank you for sharing it. I’ve saved it to my little Quotes file. :-)

    Posted April 5, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Permalink