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A Year Older but Not That Much Smarter (standard:humor, 900 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Jul 20 2014Views/Reads: 877/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
You are only young once but you can be old for a very long time. I am learning to live with it.

I think I am in a rut. No matter how hard I work, I do not seem to be
getting any further along in life. Could it be that somewhere in my 
past, I peaked and did not realize it? If so, I wish I knew about it so 
at least I could have the consolation that I have peaked. 

This week I celebrate another birthday. This is a rut I am talking
about. After all, I celebrate my birthday every year on the same day. 
The only reason I celebrate it on that day is because my mother said 
that was the day I was born. What if she lied about my birthday? After 
all, there is that issue with Santa Claus! 

I cannot prove one way or the other that I was born on a particular day
because knowing what I do know now it is very easy to manipulate 
paperwork and birth certificates. It might be old age, but I just do 
not trust anybody about anything these days. I do not even trust 

In the early days of my life, my parents told a few things that have
proven not exactly true. I would not say they were lying to me they 
were just protecting me from the gruesomeness of truth. 

I mentioned Santa Claus. The thing that irks me about Santa Claus is
that now that I am older and have children and grandchildren I am 
supposed to be Santa Claus. Who in the world made up that rule? 

Then there is the whole issue about the tooth fairy. It took me a long
time to figure out that the tooth fairy did not really exist. Several 
times I extracted teeth ahead of time in order to get some cash from 
the tooth fairy. I frequently questioned why the tooth fairy was so 
stingy with his giving until I figured out that the tooth fairy was 
none other than my father, known for his closed cash policy. 

Growing up in Pennsylvania one of the big factors had to do with
Punxsutawney Phil. It took me a long time to figure out that that 
little rodent was not who my parents said he was. If he was who they 
said he was, he sure was not very good at predicting the future. 

A lot of things my parents told me turned out not to be true, so why
should I put a lot of stock in believing that my birthday is the exact 
day I was born? 

According to them, I get to celebrate my birthday one day out of the
year and a specific day that I believe they picked out. Now what I want 
to know is, why can I pick my own birthday? After all, it is MY 

While I am on that subject, why can't I celebrate my birthday whenever I
want to, why can't I celebrate my birthday every month? After all, 
nobody gets tired of eating birthday cake. 

Now that I am older (I am not quite sure how old I really am because I
am not sure my parents were exactly forthcoming in telling me the year 
I was born) what am I supposed to do? 

Personally, I would like to establish a set of rules associated with “my
birthday.” I do not care what other people do about their birthday, it 
is my birthday and I should be able to set the rules. 

I think the first rule I would establish is, there should be no
“surprise” birthday parties. If it is my birthday, I know when it is. 
If it is my birthday, I should be in charge of planning the party. 
After all, I know what I would like. 

Who in the world started putting birthday candles on a birthday cake. I
have been to several birthday parties and watched the “birthday boy” 
blow out those candles. After seeing him blow out those candles, I had 
no desire to eat the cake subjected to his spit-laden breath. After 
all, germs and I are not amigos. 

Do not let this get around, but when there are candles on my birthday
cake, I make sure my tongue is well lubricated before I start blowing 
out those candles. After all, I love to share. 

Another rule I would like to put in place has to do with birthday
presents. It seems quite hypocritical for somebody to go out and buy a 
birthday present, wrap it up in fancy birthday wrapping paper and then 
bring it to me so that I can unwrap that paper to get to the birthday 

If I am going to have birthday presents I think I should be the one to
buy those presents. Everybody who wants me to celebrate my birthday 
could slip me a fiver and let me go out and buy what I really want. 
Nobody knows what I want better than I do. 

Finally, I think if it is my birthday and I am celebrating it, I should
get to pick what year I am celebrating. 

Good old King Solomon had it right when he wrote, “The glory of young
men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head” 
(Proverbs 20:29). 

You are only young once but you can be old for a very long time. I am
learning to live with it. 


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