When my daughter was a little girl, I used to read her a book called “Platypus and the Lucky Day” by Chris Riddell

This book is about a little platypus that wakes up and thinks today is his lucky day. He wants to fly his kite, but the string is tangled! But feels lucky because he has more string in his collection box. Platypus then goes outside to fly his kite. It was very windy, but he holds on tight until *crack* the string snapped! Luckily a tree was there to catch the kite, but the kite was now stuck in the tree.  When he climbs to get the kite *snap* the branch breaks! After the branch broke platypus thinks to himself “I will just paint some cool pictures.” He gets his painting set and went to work outside. Platypus was painting a beautiful picture of himself playing and was filling in the sky when*whoosh! * there was a huge gust of wind and the painting flew into his face.  “Oh no!” said Platypus. “At least I wore my apron.” His painting was ruined though, it was now just a lot of splotches and smears. Then suddenly, it began to rain very hard. Platypus ran to take shelter in his house. As soon as he shut the door, he trips over his old kite string that was tangled up. “I was wrong” said Platypus. “today is not my lucky day.” “I’m going to bed” he grunts. As soon as he jumps into bed, he finds a banana he forgot about, he then feels a little better. After he eats his banana, he begins to play around in his bed and he finds Bruce, his lost stuffed platypus. He immediately begins cheering. “I thought I lost you forever!” he said very excited. Since he was feeling better, he thought “I’m going to see what’s in my collection closet to see what I can find that I forgot about!” he said very happily. As soon as he opens the door, his stuff crashes on top of him. But he finds all sorts of stuff that he had forgotten about. He finds a wooden cart and his lucky hat! When the rain stops, he takes his wooden cart out for a test drive and wears his lucky hat.  As he was zooming down the hill, the hat falls over his eyes and he crashes into a tree and breaks his cart! But, as soon as he hits the tree, his kite falls onto his lap. “Today is my lucky day after all!” he cheers.

I bring up this book because I want you to think about how you let things affect your day. It is easy to get caught up in the “bad” stuff. I know we can get down sometimes when things don’t seem to go our way. But we do have a choice on how we are going to face each day. Are you going to let little snaps and cracks get you down and then you have a bad day? Or are you going to be like Platypus and see the good in things and have a Lucky Day?

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