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  • Writer's pictureLeigh Gerstenberger


Having just reached a major milestone birthday causes me to reflect on one of my favorite soliloquies on aging. I refer to an iconic piece by none other than one of the great comics of our time, George Carlin. I hope you enjoy this and will share it with others on their birthdays.


by George Carlin

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get older is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions:

How old are you? I'm four and a half. You're never 36 and a half, but you're four and a half going on five! That's the key.

You could be 12, but you're gonna be 16.

And then the greatest day of your life happens: you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony -- you BECOME 21! YES!!

But then you turn 30. Ohhh, what happened? Makes you sound like bad milk. He TURNED. We had to throw him out. There's no fun now. What's wrong? What changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40, you REACH 50, you MAKE IT to 60, and by then you've built up so much speed, you HIT 70!

After that, it's a day-by-day thing. You HIT Wednesday.

You get into your 80's and you HIT lunch.

I mean my grandmother won't even buy green bananas "Well, it's an investment, you know, and maybe a bad one."

And it doesn't end there...into the 90's you start going back-ward: I was JUST 92.

Then a strange thing happens, if you make it over 100, you become a little kid again: I'm 100 and a half!

Age is a funny thing.

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