001Did you ever see a picture of yourself and think, “Ugh. Is that what I look like?” only to come across the same photo a year later to think, “Man! I wish I still looked like that!”

I’m having that moment, and laughing at myself.

Conversely, check out these before and after photos of Ralph the Sock Monkey. It’s a drastic change: double arm blowouts, a tail bandaged with tape, his hat re-stitched…photo

But when I think about his travels to four countries and seven U.S. states, I realize that Ralph looks pretty good. His smile hasn’t changed a bit.

You get a little wear and tear when you don’t stay home in a drawer. Ralph has earned every one of his blowouts. And so have I.

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