Thursday, February 12, 2009

Darwin and Bueller

Not only is today Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, it is also the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. There’s more interesting information about his life including and beyond the evolution theory today at one of my favorite Twitter follows

Separately, I received today my daily quote in my inbox from Charles Darwin. To clarify, the email was from the Sierra Club, the quote from Charles Darwin. :) It is:

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

This is an interesting quote, isn’t it? OK, get out of your “Let’s debate evolution vs. creation” mind set. I’m thinking about life here.

I’m not big on change. Having thyroid cancer has been a big change for me. I overheard my husband talking on the phone this week with someone who had obviously asked how the doctor’s appointment with Dr. Pun went. He responded, “Look, having cancer isn’t like breaking your arm or having food poisoning where you treat it, and it’s done. You have to see doctors the rest of your life for this.”

Now granted, I hope to be in the position that the “rest of your life” follow up bit is farther and farther between visits. But he’s right. Not only has it changed my life superficially with the lovely five-inch neck scar but also in the way I live my life, the way our family lives our collective lives.

It’s good to be strong. It’s good to be intelligent. I hope that I am a reasonable blend of both. I strive to be more adaptable to change moving forward, with or without cancer. Preferably without.

What does Ferris Bueller say? Haven’t I quoted him before? Geez…anyway:

“Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”


  1. Hey Charlcie! That Bueller quote has always been a favorite of mine as well. Glad to hear that you've replaced the "doctor you don't like." I think that being able to communicate with your doctor will do wonders for your mental health as well as kicking the cancer! Great family picture as well.

  2. Hooray for Dr. Pun! Today's Maxim: This ain't no dress rehearal; life's too short for crappy doctors (or wine).

    My favorite Ferris Bueller comment?

    "The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a good non-specific symptom; I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, uh... you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor's office. That's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you're bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school."

  3. Curt, probably my second favorite Ferris quote from you!

    Chris bought me a T-shirt for Christmas that says "SAVE FERRIS" on it. :)

  4. Hi there, just catching up on some blog reading (while I should be working but oh well). Just wanted to tell you, I went over to Twitter to follow Capital Weather Gang and their name over there is just Capital Weather. Did you know Curt loves those guys too? So does our friend Marty.

  5. Yikes, you are right Meg about Twitter and the Capitol Weather Gang! I mixed it up with the Post URL. To clarify:

    Many thanks!