Paolo Piangino is an unremarkable, short, happy man. He lives with his cat and he likes to cry – because his tears are his happiness. When he is sad, his tears cheer him up, and when he is happy they make him even happier.
The townspeople watch with fascination as one day Paolo’s tears make red flowers bloom wherever they fall. These tears make Paolo famous. The people are thrilled – there is media hype – and everyone wants to invite Paolo into their home, hoping that he’ll shed a few tears for them.
But soon all the buzz is too much for Paolo. He secretly leaves the town, leaving behind only a couple of flowers. The people of the small town begin to cry bitterly of sadness. Who knows – maybe one day their tears will be tears of happiness?