The kid next door was heart broken and he asked for romantic advice. I told him getting dumped is like getting hit in the head with a baseball. The first time you freak out. By time number five or six you expect it.
The kid pointed out to me would I be saying that if Northwind leaves. I pointed out Northwind leaves all the time, but who cares. She always comes back when she is broke
and it is a running joke.
I guess the message won't hit home for a decade or more. There is some truth behind the humor. At least one can count on Earl the cat. When there is food being served he is always there looking for his cut.