It’s My Birthday and I’ll Cry If I Want To

I’m now officially old and young people in shops call me sir. I’d like to say 60 is the new 40 but who am I trying to kid? Gravity is taking its toll, my bald patch is getting bigger and my pubes are turning grey. Looking on the bright side I now get free prescriptions and free eye tests, potentially saving me a queen’s ransom as, health-wise, it’s only downhill from here. I also get 25% knocked off fruit and veg every Tuesday at the local farm shop.

To paraphrase an old saying to bawdy effect…

You’re only as old as the man you feel.

Well, I’m feeling a 59 year old so that really doesn’t help.  

I was born on a Sunday 60 years ago in utilitarian army digs in Canterbury and according to the nursery rhyme…

…the child who is born on the Sabbath Day is bonny and blithe, merry and gay.

I guess that makes me a handsome, carefree, drunken old poof. Well, if the cap fits…

So there it is, my card was well and truly marked from birth. No wonder I developed a liking for anything dashing in a uniform. Now I’m official past my use by date, I’ve decided to become a grumpy old git and shout loudly at the telly whenever someone says something stupid. That’ll keep me busy.

9 thoughts on “It’s My Birthday and I’ll Cry If I Want To

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! At almost 64, I love the seniors’ day discounts I can get now, and am so looking forward to cheap drugs when I turn 65. Aging does have it perks–even if body parts are less than perky. 😉


  2. Happy birthday, Jack. And hey, just wait. I can tell you a lot more about what old is.
    But in the US we don’t get the free prescriptions and discounts on fruits and veggies.
    In the US we get to pay for our medical insurance and then get to pay separately for our prescription insurance. Oh boy. I take only one prescription regularly and my lovely insurance program won’t pay for it. It doesn’t “qualify” because it is a natural form of thyroid rather than the chemical form. It works perfectly, keeps my thyroid balanced exactly where it should be, but because it is natural, it’s not good enough to be paid for by my insurance.
    Perhaps I’ll move across the pond and become your neighbor.


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