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Remember To Rotate & Balance

by Fran Di Giacomo

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“The L.A. Flash” (a.k.a. our youngest son) left work and skillfully sliced through the infamous Los Angeles traffic. I wasn’t actually in the car, but I know how he drives. When we visit him, I slide down in the back seat so I can’t see his death-defying, hormone-induced, hair-splitting F-16 maneuvers that mothers don’t want to know about. The world is an oyster for a young man situated in the heart of the entertainment industry, and tonight’s pearl was a French model he met recently. He rang her doorbell expecting to see this drop-dead beauty in full blossom.

“Mom, she was a wreck!” he complained over the phone. “She was completely ungroomed and looked really awful, and it‘s all your fault.” (Moms deserve hazardous-duty pay.) “Yeah, she looked terrible, but she was all excited and bouncing around and happy.”

Some people pay more attention to the maintenance on their car than maintaining their life.

“Right,” I chimed in. “Too much chocolate; I get the same euphoria.”

“No, Mom, not chocolate,” he sounded exasperated. “Someone told her about your book, and she said it completely changed her outlook on life – she now realized that she didn’t have to look beautiful all the time and be perfectly groomed every time she left the house.” (Did I write that?)

“I guess that’s what she needed to hear,” I offered. “Everybody seems to find what they need in their life. So what did you say?”

“Well, I really wanted to suggest alternate reading, but I didn‘t want to hurt her feelings.”

“Don’t worry,” I said. “Somehow she’ll find the right balance.” Wow. Who could account for the power of the pen? I was laughing the rest of the day.

Each individual must figure out the best way to apply the lessons in life, but I want to remind you about B-A-L-A-N-C-E. Some people pay more attention to the maintenance on their car than maintaining their life. So take a tip from your owner’s manual – just as you rotate and balance your tires to keep them running smoothly, check for rotation and balance in your life.

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Fran Di Giacomo, “PHD” (Perpetually Hairless Dame), is an artist and author of I’d Rather Do Chemo Than Clean Out the Garage: Choosing Laughter Over Tears. Visit Fran at

This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, July/August 2011.