Joyeux Anniversaire, Joey

My very first birthday card in French given to me by my adopted family during the past month

« Ce n’est pas le niveau de vie qui fait le bonheur des hommes mais bien la liaison des cœurs et notre point de vue sur notre vie. Or l’un et l’autre sont toujours en notre pouvoir, et l’homme est toujours heureux s’il le veut, et personne ne peut l’en empêcher. »
– Alexandre Soljénitsyne

It is not the standard of living that makes men happy but the connections that our hearts make and our perspectives in life. Now, both are always in our power and one is happy if he so chooses, and nobody can stop him.
– As I understood the translation of Catalina, my housemate
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