Today I am fifty.
This means I have now lived for fifty years.
One year for each State in the Union.
This last year was Oklahoma. No particular reason, it's just what was left. Perhaps I should have taken care of it in my teens, but I did Nebraska and then I just kind of forgot. For this year I have no states left. Had we made Guam, or Puerto Rico a State I could have carried on, but, in the end, there weren't enough states for me anymore.
I am understated.
I want you to know I have thought about this and now I am doing what I can to have you think about it too. What should we think?
If you are younger than me I will say to you that you will be fifty one day as well! And you will find it is neither old nor young, but rather what is happening just then. And if you are like me it will bother you for awhile, but as you get closer and closer to the day the smoke will clear and you won't be bothered really. You will wonder, instead.
What will you wonder?
If you are older than me you know things here that I don't.
And if you are the exact same age as me?
Oh my God! It's our birthday! Happy Birthday!