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Embracing the Good

September 24, 2021

Yesterday I was on a brisk walk in windy, 50 degree weather, perfect for the first day of fall, when an acorn flew out of a tree and smacked me hard on the hand. I actually yelped. It seemed appropriate that a reckless acorn would usher in my favorite season. Just like everything in life, you get what you love along with a little bit of pain.

I’m looking at the good things right now, like the beautiful September foliage putting on a fashion show as I walk through the woods. I came across a couple walking the other day and they looked so lovely, I couldn’t help but snap a photo of them. When they came past I was bursting to tell them I had this great shot of them.

I showed them and the woman, named Noreen said, “Can you send that to me?” I said, “Sure!” She gave me her number and I sent it, then told her she might end up in a blog post. I loved that she didn’t give it a second thought, she just gave me her number. That’s the beauty of being in a small town. There’s none of the suspicion you get in larger cities. There’s also no grocery store open past 9 p.m. Yin, yang.

I’m finally with family and actually got to celebrate Uncle Richard’s 92nd birthday with him. He was adorable as always and told me stories about the beginning and end of his singing career.

Uncle Richard at 92!

He said during World War II, an opera singer from the big city was visiting near his sister’s home in Italy. My uncle was singing while he worked there and the opera singer heard him and asked who it was. His sister told him it was her brother. The man decided to take him under his wing, but on his way back to town, the train he was on was blown up by the Germans, and Uncle Richard’s career came and went.

That’s way too much yin for me. He was philosophical about it though, much like my dad was about life, saying, “Oh well, what are you gonna do?”

And although I got to be with Uncle Richard, I missed being with my son for his birthday. But he’s so happy in life, I couldn’t be more thrilled for him.

I’m making a mental note to joyously embrace the good, even if it does involve the occasional reckless acorn.

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    Donna M Tunno
    October 15, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    The month of September is a blur for me. I found this wonderful blog this morning and just want you know how much I enjoyed it. Uncle Richard is so cute … and a great storyteller. He remembers everything! The leaves are just barely starting to turn fall colors here in Canfield, but when the fall foilage is in full bloom, we will walk that path in Harmony!

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      Fran Tunno
      October 15, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      Awwww DT, this has been a rough couple of months so I’m impressed that you’ve even gotten around to reading this blog. Thank you for always reading and taking the time to comment. Yes to walking that trail!

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    Q-Ti Pie
    October 1, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Hey, like Tina Turner said, “Simply the BEST, better than all the rest!” That’s fall for me. Good thoughts, Fran. Nice picture of the couple but not easy to see. They had a faded off into the sunset kind of look, which I’m sure was intentional. I didn’t know that we had an almost famous singing Uncle! 🙂 Gotta give him a call. See ya soon.

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      Fran Tunno
      October 5, 2021 at 1:32 pm

      Yeah, he was pretty funny talking about it. I always love talking to him. He’s with Rich and Cheri in Florida right now soaking up some sun.

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    lafriday
    September 24, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    P.S. I love the photo all of the photos, but I especially love the photo of Uncle Richard.

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    lafriday
    September 24, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    A great big acorn fell on my family yesterday, so I will do my best to hunt for the beauty in my favorite season. Love you. xo

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      Fran Tunno
      September 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm

      Yikes Linda, I hope all is OK. Fill me in when you have a moment. I’ll be busy with the underground railroad tour tomorrow, but tomorrow night I will be free. xoxox I love that pic of UR too! He is adorable.

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    Chas Madonio
    September 24, 2021 at 10:30 am

    My mother’s favorite expression was the “R” rated version of what your dad said. “What the hell you gonna do” was hers and it has been applicable countless times in my life. Like you, I love fall. It’s the best time of the year, but it sure smacked us in the face yesterday. Enjoy the season. Wishing you many pumpkin lattes, beautiful leaves and much hot chocolate on frosty evenings. And a few less errant acorns.

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      Fran Tunno
      September 24, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      I am making a commitment to make it to see you and Nancy, hopefully sometime this fall. Maybe we can go for a walk and drink pumpkin spice lattes together! Thanks for always reading…you are a peach! And now that I think about it, my dad used to say what the hell you gonna do too. It’s so true, we have no choice but to move on!

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    Emil Mitchell
    September 24, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Fall is the Best season – Period! Great Article Ms Fran!

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      Fran Tunno
      September 24, 2021 at 8:50 am

      Thank you Emil! I wish you an embrace of all the good. Along with some cider and pumpkins!

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    Nicol Z
    September 24, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Oh Fran, I’m just sitting here, also enjoying the early throes of fall, and in wonderment of all of the places I have been lucky enough to read your writing, the life experiences we get to keep sharing, wherever we are, and sending a big “sweater weather” hug! Love you, and happy fall. Here is to making “good” out of all of it. Xo

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      Fran Tunno
      September 24, 2021 at 8:48 am

      Love you Nicol. May you never be touched by any errant acorns! Enjoy the gorgeous weather and the beautiful leaves! xo

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