And One More Makes Forty-Four

As I start a new year today, I have discovered that 44 is a happy number. This is not astrological or anything. Rather it is a mathematical designation. You replace the number by the sum of the squares of its digits, and repeat the process until the number equals 1 or loops endlessly in a cycle which does not include 1. Numbers that result in 1 are happy numbers. It happens to work out that all of the numbers in a happy number calculation sequence are also happy.

42 + 42 = 32
32 + 22 = 13
12 + 32 = 10
12 + 02 = 1

We have yet to see if 44 will be a happy year. I suppose it could go either way.

I know that my life isn’t what I thought it would have been when I turned 22. That was at least two careers ago. I thought I had a promising future in politics. By the end of 22 that was really washed up. When I’m 88, I wonder how I will look back on 44.