And your happy thoughts?

Levi taught me the joy of the “happy thought”—the thing you think about before falling asleep. I laughed when he first told me about it (how juvenile), but on a particularly wakeful go-down, I ventured in and now I’m hooked.

He started it on his mission. His happy thought then? Getting off the airplane. For the past couple of months, it was the prospect of getting a call from the State Department offering him what we assume will be his dream job. Since that happened, he’s fallen asleep to variations on a scene: his last day of working as a lawyer.

He said he could have emptied out his office little by little, but that would ruin the picture he had in his head of getting to walk out of the building holding a cardboard box.

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