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17 January 2015, sixty today

17 January 2015

Today, I turn sixty.  I actually feel a transition with this birthday.  The best way to describe it is that I now feel like I’ve become my father.

There are many writings on transitions, and perhaps the most famous is that of Shakespeare’s description in As You Like It.  The quote is from Act II, Scene VII and flows from the mouth of the character Jaques:

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages.  At first the infant,

Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.

And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel

And shining morning face, creeping like snail

Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,

Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,

Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,

Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,

Seeking the bubble reputation

Even in the cannon’s mouth.  And then the justice,

In fair round belly with good capon lined,

With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,

Full of wise saws and modern instances;

And so he plays his part.  The sixth age shifts

Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,

With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,

His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide

For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,

Turning again toward childish treble, pipes

And whistles in his sound.  Last scene of all,

That ends this strange eventful history,

Is second childishness and mere oblivion,

Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

 

Slipping myself into Shakespeare’s version of the ebbs and flows of life, I feel as though I’m in his fifth age.  ”In fair round belly with good capon lined, / With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, / Full of wise saws and modern instances.”

17 January 1955, birth information

17 January 1955, birth information

27 February 1955, baptismal day with godparents

27 February 1955, baptismal day with godparents

19 December 1959, with sister

19 December 1959, with sister

First Grade Reading Award

First Grade Reading Award

Boy Scouts 50 Mile Hike

Boy Scouts 50 Mile Hike

Boy Scout Merit Badges

Boy Scout Merit Badges

8th Grade, 1968-1969

8th Grade, 1968-1969

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