Today is April Fool's day so that means I am another year older. The way in which we count birthdays says that I am now 66, but that means that I have completed my 66th year and am now embarking upon my 67th. If that is not depressing enough, if I was Korean, I would be 9 months older because they count from the moment of conception, which in my opinion is the most accurate way of keeping track.
Yes, life is a highway and when you are my age, the highway looks like the one below, cracked and worn and faded.
If birthdays are a time of reflection, it is unfortunate that as we age we are less able to reflect. My reflections, or memories, of my childhood and a bit beyond, are clear and vivid. The middle years are a bit fuzzy already. The most recent past is still OK, but don't ask me what I did two or three years ago. I still remember what I had for breakfast, but that is just today's breakfast, and actually I have the same thing for breakfast everyday so you might say that I am in a bit of trouble on that count.
I am just kidding of course. I believe I am still sharp, but names are a problem, something that has plagued me all my life. I still remember what busylizzy's real name is.
I love jokes about getting older. Some call it 'ageism' but I think it is a marvelous way of coping. Keeping a sense of humour sends the good endorphins coursing through the brain and having anything coursing through the brain has to be a good thing. Once your brain is empty, it is over. Having a birthday on April Fool's Day is even better because everyone has a great line for you, whether it relates to age or not.
Whether I travel the actual Route 66 or just make it through this year, I hope it will be a good experience, one that I will be able to remember and take comfort in as the numbers keep getting larger.