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People are absurd. Life is awkward. Don’t forget to laugh. 


Someone in my office apparently quit her job several months ago without telling any of her coworkers. In fact, we have heard nothing from her in seven and a half months. Today, on the day that she finally came to pack up her cubical, the office manager asked everyone to offer her cheerful well-wishes on a bright floral greeting card. Because apparently that’s what you do when someone stealthily exits her place of employment.

“Dear Gerta, This is awkward. {smiley face; ex oh ex oh.} -Angelica.”

Human social behaviors and rituals can be so baffling and cringeworthy that they are funny. The entire career of Jerry Seinfeld, a comedic cultural icon, was built on the uncomfortable absurdity of our species.

And many people avoid aspects of social living because social living is, objectively, as awkward as walking barefoot through jello while surrounded by those horrifying close-up mirrors that they…

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I frequently write about the struggle to find the bright side of life and motherhood, looking out for unexpected treasures, and committing random acts of photography in my adopted hometown of NYC.

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