The happiness starts in her eyes, which look up from whatever she's doing and go wide, as though she's just had the most brilliant idea. They glitter and shine like the sun reflecting on the ocean. Then, the rest of her face joins the party. Her cheeks lift, her mouth opens, and her lips pull back in a huge smile. Sometimes there's laughter, but it's mostly - and a little ironically - a silent joy. Not one millimeter of her face is excluded.
The other day, I witnessed this step-by-step awesomeness. I was slightly worried that I'd offend her, but I took a chance and said, "When you find something super funny, your face is so great. It reminds me of that thing the sloth at the DMV in Zootopia does when he hears or tells a joke."
Her response? She made the face, so I guess she found it funny.
I'm not sure who was happier in that moment.
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