The Ages of Man
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The Ages of Man (and woman)Do you remember when you were under the age of ten, wanting to be older, you counted your age in fractions?
"How old are you?"
"I'm five and a half!."
You didn't know what a half was, but five and a half sounds older than five, so you are five and a half.
Then as you advanced beyond ten, you entered your "gonna be" years.
In a short while, you become 21. That has a beautiful sound to it - you become 21. It almost sounds like a religious experience. You become 21. The age of majority.
You become 21, and then in a few years, you turn 30.
You become 21, you turn 30, and pretty soon you're pushing 40.
You become 21, you turn 30, you push 40, and then you reach 50.
You become 21, you turn 30, you push 40, you reach 50, and then
you make it to 60.
You become 21, you turn 30, you push 40, you reach 50, you make
it to 60 and by then you have built up so much speed you hit 70.
In your eighties, you start to slow down. You stop buying green bananas. It's an investment, and you are not sure it's going to pay off. Besides you are saving your money to pass on to your children so that "they don't have to go through what I did." You forget that your children are now in their fifties and sixties, have been through as much as you have, and probably have more money than you have, but you are saving your money for your children.
In your nineties, things start to reverse themselves. You start
looking back. Whereas the teen years were your "gonna be" years, the
nineties are your "was just" years. Instead of looking forward to
your next birthday, you start looking back at your previous one.
If you manage to get to be 100, a funny thing happens. As you did
when you were a child, you start counting your age in fractions again.