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Just Remember, You Could Have Been Born Without A Nose.

February 18, 2022

My daughter called tonight and we both just had to laugh at what life continues to throw at us. She says the most important lesson I taught her is to laugh when life hurls crap at you because really, what choice do you have? I love that laughter is my legacy to her.

It’s as if she knew that the lovely creek behind my house would crest the next morning about six feet from my apartment’s bottom floor. And that, try as I might, I still have yet to land that good writing job. And that I would come home last night to a dog stuck under my bed, and so terrified that all he could do was yelp…and urinate.

Yep. Some weeks are like that. And with this pandemic, some years are like that. But, hey it could always be worse. As my friend Carolyn’s mom says (any time we even think about complaining) “Just remember, you could have been born without a nose!” Carolyn thought it was so funny she immortalized it in a painting I keep in my bathroom. It makes me laugh every morning.

I know laughter is what’s kept me mostly sane all these years. That, and a great family/friend network, plus a working nose.

I heard a fantastic podcast a couple of weeks ago on Hidden Brain. The host is Shankar Vedantam and the show was about resilience and appreciating all life has to give. Here is a link. “Hidden Brain, Minimizing Pain, Maximizing Joy.” I want you all to listen to it. He interviews a man named William Irvine who is an expert on stoicism. He’s written a number of books on them and has the healthiest perspective.

One thing he said, really stuck with me. Experience everything as if it’s the last time you’ll do it. Whether it’s walking in the rain, laughing with your daughter on the phone, or petting your dog who’s just peed on the floor. It really does help you to embrace every moment, even the absurdly bad ones.

It also makes me think about all my friends who’ve passed away. What they would have given to live one more normal day, even a crappy one cleaning up dog pee.

So, go ahead creek, rise. I’ll get through it.

  • Reply
    Bruce Barker
    February 21, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    That creek doesn’t stand a chance. I never said it out loud, but I’m glad you were born with a nose.

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 28, 2022 at 12:17 pm

      Awww Bruce, thanks. I’m kinda grateful for the old schnozolla myself!

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    Nicol Z
    February 21, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Love you, Fran. You also are one of those friends to all of us, so there is that too. May the days get better and brighter from here, and in the meantime, thank goodness for a sense of humor. Look forward to listening to the podcast

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 21, 2022 at 4:02 pm

      Well, thank God the creek went down pretty quickly, so I was able to smile, but it was a little nerve-wracking for me. Everyone here was pretty blase about it. Kind of funny, which made me laugh…again! Love you too! A chat soon! You’ll love the podcast!

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    JoAnn Jones
    February 19, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Jane & I are together with our hubbys at Madeira Beach in Florida . I just read your blog to everyone , so well written, Fran, we love your thoughts , you write so very well , we always enjoy ! 💕

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 21, 2022 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you JoAnn! I so appreciate you all reading taking the time to write! And some day soon, I hope to join you all luxuriating in the sun! In the meantime, have a margarita for me!

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    February 19, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    I heard that episode of Hidden Brain and made a note to listen again. Thanks for the reminder…And keep thinking good thoughts!

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 21, 2022 at 3:59 pm

      It’s worth several listens! Thanks for reading and taking the time to respond Ed! You rock! Onward and upward.

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    February 18, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    No rising creek can compete with your ability to rise above it all, Miss Fran. LOVE YOU!

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 21, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you LInda, love you! I hope all is well. We’ll talk soon!

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