The se­cret to spread­ing hap­pi­ness

YOURS (UK) - - Over To You - Anne Coul­ter, Belfast

Some­one once told me that no mat­ter what age you are there are al­ways new mis­takes to be made. How­ever, be­ing old (and in­vis­i­ble) can be a cun­ning way to spread hap­pi­ness. I’d like to il­lus­trate this with the fol­low­ing true story. I was about 20 (I’m 80-plus now) and out walk­ing alone when an old lady glanced at me and said, “That’s an un­usual colour, but it suits you.” Then she was gone. I still re­mem­ber the dress, the place we met and even that the sun was shin­ing. She had made my day. Re­cently I was sit­ting in a cold bus shel­ter when a man ap­peared and sat be­side me. I said I was glad as he had blot­ted out some of the draught. We chat­ted eas­ily and when we got on the bus he sat next to me and joked, “We don’t have to talk!” but of course we did. When the bus be­came full he gave up his seat and when he reached his stop, he turned and waved. I’d had my very own brief en­counter! And just one more thing… Hugs! When I meet up with old friends, in­stead of a ca­sual “Hi” we al­ways hug. And, wait for it, when it’s time to part we kiss good­bye! Our star let­ter will re­ceive a stun­ning The El­e­gant Rose and Freesia bou­quet with choco­lates from our friends at Fly­ing Flow­ers. To place your or­der with free de­liv­ery call 0333 003 0858 or visit www.fly­ingflow­ers.co.uk

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