We all want sad stories to have happy endings, right? What makes a happy ending so powerful and so welcomed? I’ll tell you, it’s the long, nasty, depressing bit in the middle. With a happy ending, the sad parts somehow get fixed, and the story is brought to a triumphant end. Simple, right?
It usually goes like this: First, you have some terribly unpleasant situation, a desperate and seemingly impossible situation, and then miraculously, out of the blue, something happens to make it not only right, but even better than you could have ever imagined. Think about most of the stories by Charles Dickens.
I am no Charles Dickens, and this story doesn’t have the wonderfully complex plot twists and turns of, say David Copperfield, but it is still touchingly sad, and it has that beautifully happy ending that would warm the heart of anyone. [Read more…]