From time to time we all experience bouts of melancholy. Sometimes we even enjoy it. Who doesn’t like sad melodies or tear-jerking melodramas. For most of us these spells are temporary.
This was not the case with our 16th President whose birthday we observe today. Many of Abraham Lincolns’s close friends noted his melancholy.
He often wept in public and recited maudlin poetry. He told jokes and stories at odd times—he needed the laughs, he said, for his survival.
Strange isn’t it that he was quoted as saying “Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Personally I believe he would have been much happier if he owned a couple of Samoyeds.