Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Tragedy and Comedy of Life

"Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot."
-- Charlie Chaplin


Tragedy, the Close-up: 
Last Thursday afternoon, Ma and Daddy-dog's trip to Nepal with Habitat for Humanity was officially cancelled.  That also means the plans Ma had made for them and all their friends to celebrate their 10th Wedding Anniversary in Kathmandu, Nepal were officially cancelled as well.  The last few days, everyone had been feeling lost and sad and a bit disappointed...but they are slowly getting over it.

Comedy, the Long-shot: 
It should come as no surprise to Ma and Daddy-dog that their 10th Wedding Anniversary plans are now cancelled.  Back in 2005, on October 24, four days before their wedding, Hurricane Wilma, a category 3 storm, hit South Florida.  The resulting damage to buildings and roads made it so their actual wedding was cancelled.

Ma bought a cardboard cut-out of Wilma Flintstone to have at their ceremony/reception in February 2016 as a reminder of the hurricane.  Now, they both joke about how the cancellation due to a hurricane may be a "sign".

"Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion." (Truvy Jones)
-- Robert Harling, Steel Magnolias

Comedy and Tragedy -  Visions of Experience: 
The running joke now among the group of friends that were going to Nepal with Ma and Daddy-dog is, whenever something happens to say "Well, at least that happened before we leave for Nepal!"

Last Friday at dinner, Ma and Daddy-dog decided to no longer celebrate the 10s when it comes to anniversaries.  They say it is obvious that the universe will conspire against them every 10 years to ruin their "plans".  They will now be celebrating the 11s - like "the 10th anniversary of their 1st anniversary" since that day went off without a hitch!

Ma realized that the little prizes she bought to give to all their friends on their 10th anniversary in Kathmandu now match the favors she had for her wedding in one significant way.  Both have the correct date (because they did get married, very quickly, on their wedding day) but both have the wrong place!  Ma thinks she should have something printed every 10 years so she can save one of everything to see all the wrong places they would have been for their wedding anniversary.  BOL!

"A day without laughter is a day wasted."
--Charlie Chaplin


35 comments:

  1. I like that idea to clebrate the 11s... that makes their anniversary egg-stra special. Is their plan generally cancelled furever or is it possible to to go later to Nepal?

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    1. Well, Easy, "later" is a vague time frame right now. Because of Nepal's new constitution and the subsequent issues with India and the Indian peoples that live in Nepal at the borders, no supplies are getting through at all for the last several weeks. The people of Nepal are not receiving shipments of any fuel for their cars and generators nor cooking oil and food, as all shipments are stuck at the Indian borders. Until everything gets resolved, going would just cause undue burden on their dwindling supplies. We feel so sad for the people of Nepal...Ma has been in touch with several Nepalese that she was communicating with for their trip and they are struggling. They told Ma that it is wise that they do not come. So sad all around.

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  2. Sorry to hear that your plans didn't go as you would like. Our peeps always wondered why the 10s were so special, maybe 11 is extra special!

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    1. We are thinking the 11s will be special because everyone else seems to just gloss over them.

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  3. Well dang we are sorry the plans were canceled....my granny had a saying that mom tries to realize in times like this,
    'delays are for a reason'! So Oz darlin' you just give them extra kisses on their 10th and y'all have a fun family time.
    My sis and bil were married on 8/15/98...on the way home from their honeymone in Jamacia Hurricane Bonnie turned around in the middle of the Atlantic...following them home making a 2nd visit the Coast of NC. Where they were moving the following weekend. Their new apt. was flooded they had to found somewhere else to live in a week's time...so they could start their jobs.
    Hugs madi your bfff

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    1. Oh dear, Madi...being chased by a hurricane is awful! Leave it to Mother Nature to wreak havoc every once in a while.

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  4. We are not sure if that is comedy, tragedy or wanting to stay home and hide under the covers
    Lily & Edward

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    1. Tell us about it, Lily and Edward! BOL

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  5. Oh my that is quite a good way to look at it! Have a big party anyway!

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    1. Ma always says in tough times, if you can't laugh, you will cry. It is always better to laugh!

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  6. Happy anniversary to your pawrents, and kudos to them for having the right attitude in moving through life!

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  7. I finks you Ma and Daddy-dog haf the bestest attitude to life...enjoy it, haf funs and most importantly laff...laff lots and lots!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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    1. Thanks Princess Leah...though it took a few days to get here. It's not just the anniversary plans that made them sad, but the building with Habitat for Humanity for 100 needy families as well. You know ma and Daddy-dog love to help people in that way.

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  8. I hate that their plans got canceled but on the bright side at least they can still celebrate on a smaller scale. And remember, every day together is a celebration.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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    1. So true, Sully. You Scotties are very wise. We are planning a road trip/camping trip instead which will be nice.

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  9. Cancelled plans are a bummer, but sounds like you all have a great sense of humor about it. And I love that quote!

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    1. After a little time, the laughter has to come out! We are hoping that someday Habitat will put Nepal in the schedule so Ma and Daddy-dog can go! Until then, we help someone else.

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  10. A case of sour grapes is called for here. The cancellation saved you from being bitten by a Nepalese nit and dying from the Kathmandu flu.

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    1. Oh Kismet, thank you for another smile and laugh!

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  11. Cute dog :)
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    Maria V.

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  12. Great quotes! Laughter goes well with everything. Sorry about those plans!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  13. I am so sorry that the plans were canceled, but your fabulous attitude and sense of humor obviously are still in tact! Love your ideas for future celebrations!DakotasDen

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  14. I am really sorry about your trip. I know how bummed you must be. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and although it might not seem like it at the time, it is usually for the best. I have had many, many times in my life where I have to think that way to avoid being upset about things that I have no control over. Have a wonderful anniversary. ♥

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  15. Well, at least after digesting the news the humor and fun has been found again. There is always a positive for every negative and it is also a learning experience.

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  16. We are sorry that your plans went down the crapper so to speak. so sad for the people in Nepal, hopefully you will be able to go another time. Meanwhile - love your idea to celebrate 11's. And each day can be a day to celebrate love, life and friendship!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  17. Happy anniversary to your peeps and good for dem for makin da best of a kinda stinky situayshun. At least dis way, dey get to spend it wif you.

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  18. We are so sorry to hear that the plans for what sounded like a very special trip had to be cancelled. But we are sending your Mom and Dad wishes for a wonderful anniversary and many more to come.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  19. Maybe generic party favours might be the go!

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  20. Oh Oz, I'm so sorry abouts your peeps plans. I hope the peeps of Nepal are going to get the stuffs they need. That is just terribles. My paws crossed for them. Sounds like your peeps are gonna have a FABulous anniversary anyhu, and they gets to spend it with their most FABulous doggie! ☺
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  21. Aw wow, I am so sorry about your plans. That's really too bad. Those quotes too, wow! So very true.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  22. You have to be pretty confident about each other to still get married when a hurricane is coming. Mom would have taken it as a sign to RUN! But her and dog-daddy just celebrated 23 years on Oct. 12 and now with her bad back and knees she's not going anywhere. Congratulations! Love Dolly

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  23. We are so sorry all of your parents wonderful plans got cancelled, Oz. It's so tough to be looking forward to something so much and then have it changed at the last minute like that.
    We're glad they are finding ways to laugh about it now though!
    Jan, Wag n Woof Pets

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  24. I was so sorry to see this on facebook. Hugs

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