Woo hoo – another year older
My turn is coming up. Yes indeed. This Monday, Feb. 13, I’ll officially be another year older. What an odd occurrence birthdays are, when you think of it. Suddenly, the day of your birth rolls around and – BAM! – you’re another year older. Of course it’s not like that. We get older day by day. But, like New Year’s, we like to signify the passage of time in plausible way, ergo, the birthday. Something else odd about birthdays is who we focus on. On our birthdays, we all get to be a king or a queen for a day. But, as my mother has often pointed out, what about the women who brought all of us into the world? It seems as though birthdays should have a special component that acknowledges our mothers who endured nine months of body-altering changes, and went through one of life’s most astounding events, to bring us into the world. Celebrate the moms, don’t you think? Some people have to share their birthdays with major events, so they get a built-in celebration on their “special” day. I know someone born on the Fourth of July. Wow. The whole country throws a party. I know someone else born on New Year’s Eve. Yippee. The whole world celebrates with you.My birthday is just another day of the week for everybody else, but what else has happened on Feb. 13? It was a slow news day on the day I was born in 1960. The wildly successful “Beg, Borrow or Steal” (not; I’ve never heard of it) opened at Martin Beck Theater New York City for five performances. “Saratoga” (don’t know about this one either) closed at Winter Garden Theater in New York City after 80 performances. And in other fun news, France performed its first nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds in Algeria. Wooo-hoo. A memorable year. Throughout history, there’s been other events. On Feb. 13, 1935, Bruno Hauptmann was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s baby boy. Six American cities had record-breaking cold temperatures in 1889, and again on 1905, on this date. And on Feb. 13, 1867, Jesse James held up his first bank, in Liberty, Mo. He got away with $15K. I share my birthday with a wide range of people, which kind of dispels the whole astrology notion – that is, that people born on the same day are similar. For example, those who share my birthday include Bess Truman, “American Gothic” painter Grant Wood, test pilot Chuck Yeager, Kim Novak, Jerry Springer (Jerry Springer?!) and Peter Gabriel. Bess Truman and Jerry Springer? Please. I couldn’t imagine two people more different. Carrie Click is the editor and general manager of The Citizen Telegram in Rifle. She promises to acknowledge her mom on Feb. 13. Carrie can be reached at 625-3245, ext. 101, email@example.com.
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