Just a number.
No big deal.
It's realy a harmless number.
Probably not one that a sports team member would pick.
I can't remember if there is a NASCAR team with the number 58?
As a matter of fact I've never given the number much thought.
14 is my favorite. Then probably 12.
But 58? Nah.
Well today, I did a lot of thinking about 58.
By my reckoning, it's two less than 60.
And 28 more than thirty.
I turned 58 today, and while it's not a number that bothers me, it is only two shy of 60.
I hope the two go bye slower than the 28 it took to get here from thirty did, because I sure liked being half of 60 better than I'm going to like being 60.
For my birthday, and don't get me wrong, I'm not about presents what so ever, I got a nice home cooked lasagna, and a real fancy Budweiser bar mirror with nick nak shelf for a man town room I'm renovating, from #2 son on Saturday.
A wonderful card with a fifty dollar check from mom yesterday.
A twelve pack of Long Trail Blackberry Wheat ale and a nice card from #1 son.
Amazingly, I realy like the new fruity micro brew ales, and Long Trail is made in Vermont, about twenty minutes up the road.
In my younger days I would have had some choice words for the kinda guys that would drink fruity ale.
Funny how time changes perception.
My wonderful wife took me out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, and gave me a nice card.
I got a card from my mother in law.
But the thing I cherished the most?
When I got home there was a message from Matt on the machine, wishing me a happy birthday.
It brought me to tears.
How I wish I had been here to answer it.
While all of the cards and gifts are special, I think everyone will understand why the phone call was my favorite, this year.
That's Matt on the left.
I sure do miss him.
We all do.
Bunny, if you read this, thanks for stopping bye, and asking about Matt.
Sorry I didn't respond.
Been in kind of a funk lately.
I hope everyone will write or call their congressmen, and tell them not to vote in favor of slowing down the reduction of troops in Iraq.
I'll post more about that later.