Willie and his mom are walking home when they come across a homeless man. Willies mom doesn't want Willie to talk or even look at him. She thinks he will be bad influence on her son. She made u an excuse and said he was sick.
When they got home willies mom gave him a half an inch of pound cake each day after school that's what he got.
One day Willie decided to bring the homeless man a nickel because he wanted to see if he could make him happy. When Willie gave him the nickel he started to question why he was like this.
Willie started to question his mom and wondered if she was also unhappy from the dad leaving. Asking her that question hurt her feeling though so Willie decided to ask the homeless man about people who are unhappy.
Willie wanted to know why this man was unhappy but the man did not want to say. So Willie then just asked him about his mom and if he knew the cure for unhappiness . The last day Willie saw the old man he gave him the cure to unhappiness , "It's this. What a person needs is always more than they say."
Willies mother called the police and got the old man taken away. She forbid-ed Willie from seeing him again. Willie did not like that and yelled the unhappiness cure at his mom and walked away.