“It was good when the internet came back on.”
“Oh yes, I’d forgotten about that. It just came back on. That was great.”
He had asked, What makes you happy? Then rephrased the question – Can you remember a time when you were happy? There had been a pause, and he thought he might have to rephrase the question again (Have you ever been happy? or, What do you think happiness is?). Then they remembered the internet.
“But we never found out why it stopped working in the first place.”
“It just stopped connecting.”
“And we couldn’t go online to find out what to do next.”
They looked at each other and laughed.
“Oh, it’s just. It was just quite funny the way it started working again.”
You just had to be there. Well, at least that was something. They were going to be fine now.
“We were getting quite panicky. I mean, you don’t know when it’s going to come back do you.”
“We turned the router off and back on again, didn’t we? Three times.”
“But nothing happened. Until… you know.”
It just did. They started to recall other happy times, getting the hang of it now they had an example of the kind of thing that might count as happiness. And he watched them as they became competitively happy again, working as a team to fire example happiness after example happiness at this bozo with all his questions about happiness, as if this were a game of squash.