Embracing Awkward…

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Life Has Begun Again!


I was reading a blog post the other day about owning up to the fact that every single one of us is awkward so we just need to embrace that fact and get on with life. The idea of awkwardness reminded me of a very rare warm summer day in July of 2015…

I posted this incident to Facebook on the day it happened and to give a touch of a back story I had just finished chemotherapy, hence the bald head and the wig. Today seemed like a good time to relive an awkward moment and get a good chuckle in for the day.

Ok. For those of u who don’t live in coos bay… We are having summer today. 80 degrees, no sweatshirts, windows down. This never happens here. I was with my family and just realizing that maybe it was getting a little too windy for my short little wig when it flies off my head, hits Mr. Wonderful in the side of the head, rolls across his shoulders and flies out the back window! I was screaming “My wig! My wig!” Mr. Wonderful flips a uturn in the middle of the road (we were on the 101 in Coos Bay – by Coos Bay Toyota aka.. the busiest spot in town) and heads back to assess the damage. Fortunately the wig landed in the center lane out of the traffic.

As we were headed back to get it a driver pulled out of Ace Hardware and was precariously close to running over it. I was yelling (as if he could hear me), “Don’t run over my wig! Please don’t run over my wig!” Since it looked like a dead opossum laying in the road the driver graciously went around it. We pulled up alongside my hair I opened the door, stuck my bald head out in traffic and rescued the only thing that was helping me feel normal during this season.

As we pulled away the car was very silent. No one moved a muscle as they were all waiting to see if I was going to burst into tears or laugh. They breathed a sigh of relief when I busted up laughing. I mean what else do you do in a situation like this? This moment couldn’t have been scripted had I tried!

Life is full of awkward moments in the good seasons and in the bad ones. I have found that it’s best just to laugh and get on with things then to waste time wishing you weren’t such a dork.

I hope your day is filled with moments that make you laugh and that you are spending time thinking about all of the good things in your life rather than focusing on the things that aren’t working out quite the way you thought they should. I say this because I have to remind myself of the same thing every single day. Embrace Awkward … tip your head back and laugh we are all right there with ya.

Have a great day my friends!!


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  1. Sandy Mitts says

    I love this story and it always makes me giggle because you have a way with storytelling that puts me in that car too. Thanks Tiff.

  2. Ron Goertzen says

    i could see the faces of all 4 of you as you told the story. Wonderful.

  3. I am laughing as I write this, Tiffany! THANK YOU! Laughter is good medicine!!!

  4. Kelly Kronbauer says

    This story reminds me of when my mom lost her wig at Disneyland on the Matterhorn ride! I remember crying (age 5) when the ride finished that my mom lost her hair (which I thought was real!) They had to close the ride, walk the tracks to get her wig back! This has been a funny memory and story to tell for over 30 years! Thanks for sharing your life with us through this blog Tiffany!

    • Oh my Kelly that is hilarious!! Your poor mom! Poor you! That is quite a story. It’s funny how some of the hardest moments provide great comedy for future conversations.

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