Today is my birthday. Since 1951 I’ve  been taking birthdays for granted. Just another year, no big deal.

Then all of a sudden I’m 62. How the heck did that happen? Wasn’t it just a few years ago I was raising my children? Now. all of a sudden they are adults in their 30’s.

And what happened to college? Were did the 1970’s go? My wife now works at the same college I graduated from so I often find myself walking the red bricked paths that wind between the buildings I studied in. Those buildings are the old ones now – old relics among newer structures.

And all the trees are taller.

But it gets worse… obviously the student population wasn’t born yet when I attended college, but yikes!… even some of their parents were’t born then either!!!

My baby-boomer experiences are studied as history lessons. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan; Vietnam and Kent State – it’s all just old news hidden in some history book. What about music? Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, The Doors, Cat Stevens and the Beach Boys are found on very few iPods.

Oh well, I guess its the way of things. Though my life continues to become a history lesson, I’m still around and making history. (Key words being ‘still around’.)

Ah, if only I was dyslexic. Then I’d be 26 instead of 62.

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6 Responses

  1. Darla Vizina says:

    Happy birthday Jim!! Sorry I know I’m late……just getting around to reading emails and such..hope you had a great day!!
    Looks like Donavon may be coming home Monday!!! He’s getting pretty antsy in this hospital room ( I have to say, I am too but have to pretend to be fine with it so we are not both snapping at the same time). Take care, I’ll be waiting for the next update on you 🙂

    • Jim says:

      Hi Darla. I’m so glad he’s leaving the hospital. I’m sure he’s visited the place way too often. I know what you mean about sometimes getting ‘snappy’ with each other. An illness can be hard on a relationship. But I can tell by your voice that you are a strong and loving wife. Thanks for writing.

  2. Jan says:

    Happy Birthday! I don’t think I ever knew when our birthday was before, even after all these years. Happy Day! And I’m older by a year and a month or so.

  3. Nellie says:

    Oh, quit your whinnying. I’ve got 10 years on you and my kids are in there 50’s. LOL

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