Gaudete Sunday, in the Catholic tradition. At Mass, the priest asked the question "When were you last happy?"
I woke up at 5:45, grumbling because I could sleep late and didn't. But I went back to sleep and dreamed I was at my Alma Mater, Saint Joseph College, in the present time. I was a professor there, and was living with the students on Third Marillac. It was move-in day in September. The campus was teeming with students and parents. It was a sunny, lovely day, and everyone seemed to be busy and happy. I climbed up the stairs from the ground floor to the first floor, and someone's Dad said to me, "Why don't you use the elevator?" He indicated an elevator just around the corner, in a new wing. I then noticed that the whole dorm had been renovated. It had always had the high ceilings and large windows, but now it was even brighter. There was carpeting in the halls, which seemed to be wider than I remembered. The students ( it was still all girls) were busy moving into their room. I boarded the elevator and climbed to the top floor, the third floor. The scene there was the same, even better, because there was a cafe-like coffee place in the middle of the third floor, where students and parents were enjoying coffee and talking. I looked out the window at the campus, and could see all the way over to Brute - the dining hall building. Everywhere students and parents were walking.
I woke up happy. Even after I remembered that my Alma Mater had closed in 1973, and that in 1979 the campus was purchased by the Federal government and now housed FEMA, I still felt happy.
Happiness is a mystery, isn't it?