Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Sixty-four

This simple title hides deep thoughts.

Growing up as I did in the sixties, there seemed to my juvenile mind to be three things drawn from popular culture so fantastic, so implausible, as to exclude all possibility of any accomplishment.

I remember having to read—and study in school—that well-known book that George Orwell wrote a year before I was born whose title he derived by cleverly transposing the last two digits of the year of writing.  This lent itself well to the unimaginable theme of his story: the degeneration of a democratic state to the imposition and spread of a fascist-like one of total control.

But why stop at 1984?  Why not name it 2084?  The thing was preposterous and helped, in its own way, to reinforce that date as being thoroughly unattainable.

Later on, sometime in the seventies, it seems to me, Hollywood had a little fun with the science-fiction success film called 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Here, too, the title was provocatively chosen to be set in that far-off unknown and unknowable future.

I won't comment further on the content of the film because I've never seen it to this day.  But the idea that was planted in my consciousness was just as fertile: the future was wilder than our dreams!

Finally—and with this reflection I've got to my point and I'll close—a thought drawn from a song (I daresay the more astute of you have already seen it coming!).

Last week Sarah asked me "what I wanted for my birthday".  I had to laugh because you're reading the blog of a man that has everything!  But a few seconds later the proper answer came to me, and I told her, in a slightly lyrical tone "Birthday greetings and bottle of wine"!

Yes, that day is here at last!  A day that could never come, did.  I'm sixty-four.  May your birthday be as content as mine is!  I thank the Lord Jesus for bringing me here in a happy and healthy frame of body and mind.  Laugh with me today at the foolishness of humanity and the vanity of life itself!

(For those who may be expecting a picture; we mustn't break our tradition, must we?  But I can do no better than send you to that photo I posted a week or two early.  Believe me, I haven't changed much since then!)


4 comments:

  1. Congratulations and a a Happy Birthday!

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  2. Ha ha...I was humming the song before you even started to talk about it - just by the title of your post. And a perfect response to Sara's question! Life is such a vapour, here today and gone tomorrow... I can't believe it when I say that I'm sixty. But really, some days, I feel like I am still 16 ;-)

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  3. Oh, and, of course, Happy Birthday! I sent you an email earlier wishing the same, that's why I didn't say it here.

    I hear you got to talk to Floyd for a bit - I'm so glad and sorry I was working. Lots of love to "you and yours", as Andy Griffith would say.

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  4. I'm sure that picture is 20 years ago Right?? You can't just keep looking younger, can you? Just kidding Derrick. when I think back 20 years ago you were a bit heaver right? In Fact if I was to look a bit harder I probably could fine one back then.Glad you had a great Birthday.Nothing like a ( GOOD BOTTLE )of wine.

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