Of course, there are quotes about turning this age:
"I'm very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled. me. 'Don't complain about growing old - many, many people do not have that privilege.'" -- Earl Warren
"Be wise with speed. A fool at forty is a fool indeed." -- Edward Young
"Every man over forty is a scoundrel." -- George Bernard Shaw
I have always said that no important birthday should go unpunished, as it were, and this one was no different. Although presents were not requested, I am different and will try to find something cheap that represents some item of the recipient's personality or life I have discovered. Perry is no different.
Both he and his wife, April, have a wonderful sense of humor, on par with my own. Everyone should get a balloon on their birthday. I taped the card to the string.
And the pretzels? Well, that is a very bad, but rather funny, inside joke.
I crammed that balloon into the box, the same box that Perry brought his homemade mead in back in August. I even sent back the inserts so he could refill the box. The balloon was so crammed that when he opened it, and he was warned NOT to use a sharp object, the balloon would pop out. That is the key. The box has to be just big enough for the balloon but not quite big enough that it sits comfortably.
I am given to understand he enjoyed it immensely. Pilcher liked the balloon, too.
As to the biblical reference above, look it up. April turns 40 in November. I have 2 months to plan an "appropriate" gift for her. I turn an older age at the end of November. I'm thinking of hiring someone to open my gifts.
And yet, what would life be like if you did not have friends with whom you could exchange gifts like this? A $4 balloon, a $3 card and a couple bags of pretzels. I can hear Perry's laughter as he opened the box.
With friends like them, well, life is more fun.
Happy Birthday, Perry.
Beverage: Dr. Pepper