May 24, 2012

Today's newsletter is in honor of my big sister, Maryellen. Today is her birthday and I don't think she will mind if I tell you that today she hits 70 years old (young!!). Let's see ... I will soon be 66 and she is four years older than me. Yep. According to my math she is 70 today.

She was born at the beginning of World War II and I was born just after it ended. Our dad joined the Navy just as the war began. His 19th birthday was on December 7, 1941 - yes, THAT December 7th - and he joined shortly after that. I like to say that Maryellen was dad's "goodbye" before joining the Navy and I was the "welcome home, sailor"!

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?"

"I'm four and a half!"

You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key. You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?"

"I'm gonna be 16!"

You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!

And then the greatest day of your life ... you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony - YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime and it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

Happy birthday, Maryellen. Let's do lunch ... I'm paying!