A large bucket of soap water, loops, and a man who is determined to bring happiness.
That was the combination for almost forty minutes of joy and laughter for everyone on a mild, late afternoon at Prague's Old Town Square.
With a dish atop an upturned bucket collecting coins nearby, this man dipped his loops into his bucket of soap water. He then raise them up carefully (as all the kids looked up in anticipation) and weave them through the air.
The kids jumped, grinning and laughing with sheer happiness. They clawed, poked and walked into the bubbles, having the time of their lives. The adults standing in a semi-circle watching the scene amused, with smiles on their faces.
On a few occasions the kids got so excited they walked right into the dish of coins and scattered them all over the now slightly soapy ground. The man stopped. His face tightened into a frown by the third, fourth time this happened. A few braver kids ran up and helped him to put the coins back. The man then stood up, grabbed his loops and starts again. His face broke into a grin again, as if he was never interrupted.
Watching the man, watching everybody, it is hard not to smile too.
Eventually the man stopped for a break. A few of the older kids decided to emulate the man. They grabbed the loops and realised it is too large for them to handle. The bubbles barely floated higher than their shoulders. Two of them then tried to handle the loops together. Still not the same as it was. The man had made everything looked easy, they thought.
Sometimes, happiness is a large bucket of soap water, loops, and a man who is determined to bring happiness.
Sometimes, happiness is this simple.