A recent Pearls Before Swine cartoon has Rat as a medical doctor. He tells a patient, “Well Mr. Johnson, I’m afraid what you have might be fatal, but I’ll have to run some tests to be sure.” “Oh my goodness. What kind of tests?” the patient asks.
Rat turns to a dartboard, divided into three sections: Dying | Not Dying | You Win a Lollipop. In the last frame, the dart has landed in Dying. “Bad news,” says Dr. Rat. Ever feel like your medical care seems random like that?
Meanwhile, we get a message about appreciating today in Baldo. Gracie says to her friend, “I can’t believe school ends in three months. Sometimes I wish it would never end.” Her friend replies, “But I guess endings make you appreciate the present.” Gracie says, “I appreciate lunchtime.”
This strip reminds us to live for today, and appreciate it, as endings come to us all.