What happens after the happy ending? After the dust of the rebellion has settled? Funny, isn't it, that commencement speeches and retirement toasts inspire by exalting the few-and-far-between pinnacle moments in life, but omit the reality of what happens in-between. Or doesn't happen. We are taught to look forward to the marriages, the babies, the graduations, the promotions, the awards, the holidays and the vacations and then, when we finally reach an age to collect social security, we are toasted on the marriages, the babies, the graduations, the promotions, the awards, the holidays and the vacations we achieved. What's left out is practical advice on how to enjoy the day in, day out as much as the happy endings and beginnings. After all, there are a hell of a lot more days after Christmas than Christmas mornings in life.
It was no French Franc. It was a token from Chuck E. Cheese.