I've always loved the comic Frank & Ernest, even though I've never been entirely sure (until now) which one is Frank and which Ernest and have occasionally been troubled by the fact that both of those fine gentleman often appear to have skipped significant portions of the hygiene unit in 6th grade health class.
Frank & Ernest was created by Bob Thaves, who died in 2006 and is now written by his son, Tom. It is widely syndicated in newspapers across the United States and around the world. A daily dose of Frank & Ernest can be found here.
Today's daily cartoon may be of interest to those of us who have followed along with the elephant theme started by Suzanne over at Periphery and picked up by Mark over at Mark's Work. (To find various elephant-related posts on either blog, use the blog search window in the upper left corner of either blog's home page--it's worth the effort.)
Anyway, many years ago, I came across what has got to be not only my favorite Frank & Ernest comic, but easily in my Top Ten Favorite Comics Ever (to the extent that I even have a Top Ten Favorite Comics Ever List). In it, Frank (I think) is sitting in a hoarder-level cluttered office, saying to Ernest, "I'm giving up trying to get ahead so I can concentrate on slowing down the rate at which I'm falling behind."
I clipped that little bugger out of the paper then and there. I later laminated it and kept it in my wallet for a long time until it eventually was purged in one of those once-a-year wallet clean-outs I get around to every three or four years. I tucked it into a junk drawer (sadly, that's a bit of a redundancy in my household) two moves ago and it is probably even now sitting in a box in the attic or basement along with receipts intended as proof of purchase for rebate offers now long-expired and school photos of children I've never met that came in Christmas cards from people I haven't seen in person since middle school.
Obviously, I identified with Frank's near-hysteria at being almost physically engulfed by his resposibilities, but the thing I loved most about the comic was the brilliant simplicity of Frank's solution to the problem. Focus on the manageable. Let the rest go. Something I need to be reminded of on a practically daily basis.
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