Yes, kids, the cheery persona is down. Pollyanna hasn't a thing to say.
When I was a child we had this weird record called Little Orley and The Happy Bird - do google it, I have! In it Little Orley, the hero of a set of these records, meets the Happy Bird who sings to him in a very off key sort of fashion for a bird come to think of it "When every little thing goes wrong, just sing a happy little song, be as happy as can be, fill your heart with glee, when every little thing goes wrong!" Orley gives it a try cuz he's a good kid and no matter what happens he sings this refrain. The Happy Bird is always there to check up on his glee factor. Then a series of somethings happen that I can't remember but it involves a runaway wagon and some other problems that end up causing the Happy Bird to take quite a tumble. He starts to splutter and complain when Little Orley reminds him of his song. The Happy Bird starts it up valiantly in a very squawking voice "when every little thing goes wrong, just sing a happy little song...AW FIDDLESTICKS!"
That's me today.
I'll see how that fits with my revision. To quote a Buddhist slogan "When the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi."