Half-way to 90

I suppose this makes me middle-aged.  Not that I want to stop at 90, of course. The scary thing is that 2054 doesn’t seem that far off.

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Many Years

Today is the birthday of the Younger Unnamed Child. She is 4.

First thing this morning she declared that as she is now 4, she can do whatever she wants. I’m not sure why she thinks this now. This is no different than when she was 3.

This may be due in part because of her intellectual precociousness. She is articulate beyond her years and has the number sense to do multiplication. Or it may be because she is her mother’s daughter.

She’s spent the late morning watching Return of the Jedi. She explained the plot in detail on the way back from her birthday party, focusing particularly on all of the internal conflicts dealt with by Luke Skywalker, on pretty much a scene by scene basis. Hello Kitty just doesn’t cut it, at least some of the time.

May God grant her many years.

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.