This week I'll be having the 19th anniversary of my 39th birthday. It's not that I'm trying to deny that I'm getting older, it's just that I don't relate to any particular number. Physically I feel much older than 58 but mentally and emotionally, I still feel like a kid in many ways. So I celebrate the day, not the number. And I do celebrate because I know that some year, I won't have a birthday to celebrate.
I fully support the slogan of the American Cancer Society: The Sponsor of More Birthdays because too many of my friends won't be celebrating a birthday this year: Gordon, Bill, Harriett, Farrar and Lona. So this year, I will celebrate for them because some day I will be joining them. I just don't want it to be too soon.
So don't think of birthdays as celebrating getting older, celebrate because you are still here. Celebrate and remember those who won't be getting any older, because as my Dad used to say, "Every day on this side of the grass, is a good day."