As much as I seem to hate apple picking in this week’s new Dustinland comic, I actually kind of enjoy it for some reason. Just seems like something you have to do each year. But it’s better when it’s not too crowded and when it’s cool out, not 75. But hey, climate change! Fun times.
Really though, I went to an orchard this year that was so crowded, people were waiting 30 minutes just for coffee and donuts. I mean, with a five-year-old in tow, that’s just not gonna happen. I bet the farm I visited got written up on Time Out or something. Man, nothing ruins a cool spot like a Time Out link.
Everyone seems to have the same cold right now, at least in New York. I got it after a few people in my office had it last week, then passed it on to my family this weekend. Today I had to stay home with my kiddo, since he wasn’t feeling well. And as you can see in my new Dustinland comic, this is how it turned out.
I guess it was all for the better. He did sound horrible in the morning. But man, by lunch time, dude was basically doing backflips. Man, last week I was sick and it was way less fun. Kids always win.
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To be honest, this new Dustinland comic is just a scheme to go into my YOLO joke. I could have just talked about how You Only Live Once is basically We’re All Gonna Die, but it’s funnier / easier to read in a story, so there you have it. Comics, behind the scenes. Fascinating and unpredictable as always!
Really though, this comic does have a bit of that sitcom zinger feel to it, but again, I do like the basic insight. YOLO is sort of morbid if you think about it. Acknowledging death — in a positive, accepting manner, albeit, but still.
Also, can you say YOLO if you believe in reincarnation? Or would that be TAMLSYBBAITOOYWUAWITNO (There Are Many Lives So You Better Be Awesome In This One Or You’ll Wind Up A Worm In The Next One)!
But seriously folks.
I’ll admit it, a lot of my comics are depressing. I am definitely a pessimist. Or perhaps a realist at best. But as I allude to in this week’s new Dustinland comic, that’s what’s nice about being a parent. Kids are so naive and wonderful, they do seem to really love life. And that’s something to learn from. True, you can never go back to the garden again, but you can at least try to learn something from the way they experience life. In the face of such endless misery — like the awful events in the news today, this week, this month, this past year — what else can you do but try to do your best, to make the world better, and to find some joy in the world, wherever you can.
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