Sunday, March 21, 2021

Unremarkable

Yesterday I got my best birthday present: the results of my cat-scan. All organs, pancreas, liver, spleen, gall bladder and lungs are all termed unremarkable. I’ve always suspected as much. At this age unremarkable is better than fifteen minutes of fame.

I leave that adjective, remarkable, to describe Peggy who will be 100 years young in 5 weeks Until then I’m a mere eleven years her junior. She can hardly remember back that far when she was 88..

There is something special about those years divisible by eleven. At 88 I am now the number of keys on a piano. I expect to grow tusks soon sufficient to furnish the ivory. Then they can ship me off to a Steinway factory for my next incarnation.

The other thing about 8 is when you knock it on its side it becomes infinity which sounds like eternal life to me.

I just looked it up. 88 is a special number in numerology. It is supposed to bring great wealth. Too late; I don’t need a thing. Where would I put it?

The number also has some nefarious symbolic meaning for White Supremacists. Good thing I don’t buy into any of that nonsense.

Come to think of it reaching 88 is remarkable. In baseball terms it’s the bottom of the eighth inning. For a starting pitcher to go that far is noteworthy. As long as my organs remain unremarkable I shall go on into the breach.

The equinox is vernal. Rhododendrons have blanketed the bushes outside our window. Thank you, Rhoda. I hear you singing while our hummingbird is humming and the high wind is swaying. It must be the anniversary of myself.

 

 

 

4 comments:

  1. Well, Norm, your organs maybe unremarkable (and I know that is a good thing) but you most certainly are remarkable! Happy Birthday!!!

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  2. you are the most remarkable writer. You capture the wonders of your life so well.

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  3. As Gary Cooper would say, after a large gulp, "aw shucks."

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  4. Don't be so modest, Norm. You have the greatest wealth possible in the love of your family and friends. Happy Birthday and keep the thoughtful and entertaining blogs coming!

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