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Olivia Newport Mom and Tag

Photo by Larry Mohr

My family roots are in the Chicago area. My mom has lived other places as well, but most of them involved cold winters. A couple of years ago, facing the onset of about her fiftieth Chicago December, she’d had enough and moved to Florida. She lives a leisurely, relaxed—and warm—life (and deserves every minute of it, in my opinion).

Geckos are a whole new color of life in Florida. They seem to hang out—literally—right outside her front door. When the screen door slams, they go skittering. Sometimes Mom slams the door a couple of extra times for good measure. One day after a gecko session, she sat contentedly on the lanai and said,

“Driving geckos insane. That’s pretty much what I do down here in Florida.”

Find the humor in whatever your life circumstance is. Laughter is good for the soul.

• Can you name something in your life that may be a little aggravating but humorous at the same time?

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