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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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Today is my younger brother's 60th birthday.

We are about 10 months apart, so I turned 60 first. I don't mind...age is only a number. But you know what they say about paybacks...

I bided my time, sending him a birthday card in plenty of time for him to have it. On my 60th birthday, he called me to wish me a Happy Birthday, then asked "How does it feel to be 60?"

I answered immediately (the first thing that came to me, "No different than it did when I was 50."

I think that threw him for a loop. Ever since Mom had died at a relatively young age, and the older two of her three youngest children have passed that age (55), my brother has been worrying about know, cemetery, grave sites, funeral arrangements and all that goes with it..wills...I already HAVE one I want to stand after I am gone. but a few months ago, he had one drafted by his lawyer and he said to look it over. I did - and, where I had promised the youngest brother (almost 56) my personal property to do what he wished with it (keep, donate, or trash) this draft said I had left everything to my niece and nephew and "made no provison" to either brother. I corrected him and told him what Ken and I had first verbally agreed on years ago and later had put in writing. Nothing more was said about this will...and as long as I still have my faculties, that is the way it will stand.

But I regress...anyway, I waited until he was at work, then called and wished him a Happy Birthday, adding in a honey-sweet tone, "How does it feel to be sixty?"

I didn't quite get what he replied, but it was something on the order of "20 plus 20 plus 20..."

I laughed and said, "Something like that. Well, I won't keep you. Just called to wish you a happy birthday, and I'll catch you later."

I hung up, feeling just a bit smug. After Christmas, I will be 62...and by then he should realize, age is only a number.
61-69, F
7 replies
Nov 17, 2016
Edited: 3 yrs ago
sighmeupforthat · 41-45, M
and you just proved this point.

maturity is not just about these things.
MaryJanine · 61-69, F
Thanks for your support. He thinks (though he would never admit to it) because I am a woman, I know nothing of life. I have always thought he secretly wished he were the elder sibling, not me. He used to be bossy when we both lived at home, but there I let it roll of my shoulders (for my parents' sakes) and later, after I sold the house and moved into this apartment (which I found from the man who bought my home, not him), he still tries to run my life. He wanted to put me into a senior hotel or similar-to-a-nursing-home, and I refused - I have bad knees, but my walker helps me there.
Michael91142 · 70-79, M
You are absolutely right: Age is is only a number. Nothing more!
MaryJanine · 61-69, F
Michael - Footnote to your comment und my reply - I think he ist feeling "old" because his (only) daughter is getting married right after New Year's.

I'm not invited to the wedding (either is my younger Bruder) und it won't be in a church - I think it's a civil ceremony. But that's okay - he said just the parents and that was alle.

Michael91142 · 70-79, M
@MaryJanine: Thanks for letting me know that, MaryJanine :) And as always, it was a pleasure to find your German words in your reply. You did well with using them only with your last word alle I am bit confused. Did you want to say: And that was it or that were all?
MaryJanine · 61-69, F
Michael - The first meaning. Was I wrong? You und Robin are mein gut Lehrers und I want to know when I am in error.

I use the German words whenever I can oder know what they are. Englisch ist mein motherlanguage, but I am glad you are pleased mit the progress I am trying to make in mein struggles. Robin thinks I can do no wrong - at least in his eyes - so he spoils me while teaching me. I have never HAD such a teacher!

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