That’s right – today I’m a birthday boy!
At each age that I live through, I try to think of something significant about the number (not the age.) 52 is a FULL DECK of cards (like I operate with one.) 55 was my favorite because I kept hearing it like Sammy Hagar singing “I. Can’t. Drive. FIFTY-FIVE!” Most numbers are combinations of others – 49 is seven-squared, 60 is five dozen, or six decades.
I’m 61 today, and that’s a PRIME number. I certainly don’t feel like I’m in my PRIME – at least not physically. I’m hobbling around on a calcified Achilles tendon on the left of me, and a quirky knee on the right of me (someone told me you figure out that you’re old the day that you know which knee is going to be the bad one.) But maybe I should stick with saying I’m in my prime – mind over matter, and all.
Who am I fooling – it’s mental, too. My memory has been a problem for… as long as I can remember. Think about that statement – if my memory has been a problem for as long as I can remember, and my memory is bad, then I can’t remember very long, so my memory must have been bad for only a very short time – actually, that’s not very encouraging – that would mean my memory issues are a recent development, and since I don’t remember being hit with a blunt instrument lately (how would I?), the memory issues must be age related, and… oh, wait, my sweet wife has been kind enough to point out that my memory has sucked for-ever. What a relief!
Actually, she’s right – other than a penchant for remembering all sorts of inconsequential, irrelevant trivia, my memory has been deplorable all the way back to before Jimmy Carter. My saving grace has always been that despite a fairly useless memory, my mind was QUICK. At exam time in college, I couldn’t remember formulas, so I would have to derive them on the fly, and I’d still ace the tests. So what’s really been happening lately is that age hasn’t affected my memory – it’s affected my MIND. That is so much more encouraging, isn’t it? Sure it is.
Yep, this year I’m IN MY PRIME!
In addition to its being my 61st birthday, it is also the release date for the 63rd short story I’ve completed (almost had a neat coincidence, there) – “Out of Place”.
So many things out of place. Wildlife. Tribesmen. Husbands…
Wildlife seems to be overrunning Sue’s neighborhood. At first Sue thinks that’s all it is, just local fauna run amuck, but her world is changing; an uncomfortable situation for someone who expects everything to stay where it belongs. Who knows where it will all end up?
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