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That Hopey Changey Thing is Our Best Ally

July 24, 2020

I was relishing the sunshine this morning as I walked, listening to my favorite hip-swaying, tunes,(after listening to the depressing news) when it, again, hit me — hope is our best ally right now. It’s symbol is the sturdy anchor that holds ships in place during rough weather. And I think Covid 19 definitely qualifies as a storm.

Hope keeps us moving forward every day. I hate to disagree with Miracle Max in the Princess Bride, who said, “If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything,” but hope is more important.

Someone lost hope.

It’s hope things will improve that keeps you going when you’re sick, laid off, furloughed, fired, divorced, heartbroken, or just broke. Hope is why you take that medicine, apply for that job, go to school, get divorced, try a dating site, a new profession, or just buy a lottery ticket. That hopey changey thing is the difference between people who’ve given up and people who get up, time after time, and keep trying. And anyone who makes light of it is simply ignorant because hope can move an entire country to action.

I remember a conversation with my dad years ago. We were talking about his life during the height of the depression. He was a teenager, from Italy, still learning English. He was living with a family, but had to bathe in the river, wasn’t allowed to eat in the same room with them, and had to sleep in shifts so the other boarder, who worked nights, could get in bed at 6 a.m.

He said, “Things were so bad, if someone had said to me, ‘Hey, let’s go rob a bank,’ I might have gone along with it.'” This, from a good man who never took a cent that didn’t belong to him. That’s how miserable things can get when there’s no hope.

He said President Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corp in 1933 saved his life. I think it was brilliant to take all these able-bodied men and employ them doing something for the good of the country. Maybe we could use it again to lift us out of our current financial crisis once we find a vaccine/cure for the Corona Virus. Take a look at this link from the History Channel on the CCC and you might agree.

I’m thinking about hope today because I just heard that one of my readers has come down with Covid 19. She’s the first person I know who’s had it, and I’m hoping she’s the last. I want her to stay hopeful things will get better. It’s not your health, it’s the hope your health will get better that keeps you going everyday.

We have to hope there’ll be better days coming, with better health, jobs, relationships, baseball, football, and good music to keep us happy as we keep moving forward. Sempre Avanti, as my father used to say. Always forward.

  • Reply
    Nancy Kirk Long
    July 28, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    I Hope you stay well and keep writing these inspiring and uplifting blogs. Love reading them.

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      Fran Tunno
      July 28, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Awww, thank you Nancy. I truly appreciate that more than you can possibly know! Thanks for reading and taking the time to write! Good health to you too!

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    JoAnn
    July 25, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Good advise, Fran , our parents lived thru very difficult time during the depression. But we all need to never give up hope & pray. Stay well Fran ! Love ya , JoAnn

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      Fran Tunno
      July 26, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      Yikes, JoAnn, I amjust realizing I never responded to your RSVP. What a crappy cousin I am. Will call you and tomorrow, it’s too late tonight. Thanks for always reading and taking the time to respond. And Happy Anniversary!!!! xoxoxo

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    Burse
    July 25, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Your right! “Hope” is a positive thought to help us all move in a new direction. We can keep moving on to what the future has before us. Without “Hope” we are trapped in a negative go no where direct. Who know what new opportunities and adventures can bring. If only we allow ourselves to continue to have “Hope “.

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      Fran Tunno
      July 26, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      Absolutely, keep hoping, keep working at it, and something is bound to change! Thanks for taking the time to read and respond Bursie!

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    Charles Burkett
    July 24, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Indeed, hope is the last thing to die. Stay safe.

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      July 25, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Chuck, I am safe, but almost insane.

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