How Many Birthday Parties Have You Had, Pop?

One of the tough things about grandchildren is that you are stuck with them. This little guy has not only reminded me every time we met for the past year that my 80th birthday is coming up, he is now branching out into other questions as the full implication sinks in. Like if this is the 80th, Pop, there must have been others, right?

 “Gee, Pop, you have had 79 other birthdays! Can you remember them all?”
Should I tell him that sometimes I have a problem remembering his name?
“I can remember a few but not the ones when I was very young, like you.”
“Tell me about one of them, Pop.”
“We went on a cruise on a big ship out to sea. That was a great birthday.”
“And another one?”
Is he going to say hat 78 more times? “The whole family went out to dinner to a nice restaurant. We ate and drank and there was a big cake at the end. We had a great time.”“What are you going to do this time, Pop?”

“We are all going out to dinner together. You are coming too, right?”
“Are you going to have more birthdays, Pop?”
“I hope so!” He’s going to ask how many more, I bet you.
“I hope so too, Pop!”
“How many have you had? I pull the old switcheroo on him.
“Um, I’m 9, Pop.”
“So how many birthdays have you had?”
“Eight?”
“Good boy. Wanna go over to the ice- cream shop?”
“You know I do, Pop! Can I ask you a question?”
“Um, okay,” I say without enthusiasm.
“How come you’ve got creases in your ears?”

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One response to “How Many Birthday Parties Have You Had, Pop?

  • Roslyns email

    Just back from a few days in Lexington, ky with my daughter and son-in-law and catching up on email.

    It occurred to me that your birthday falls on Purim and is a great opportunity to dress accordingly for your birthday celebration! You can be your favorite age and drink ad lo yadah! Humor is the only way to deal with this new phase of life so enjoy and prepare the Megillah of your life for your family! Have a great time and milk it for all its worth! Wishing you lots of hamantashen of your favorite flavors. You can forget about any part of it you choose the morning after! Send pictures of the great event!

    Best wishes to you and your family! Roz

    Sent from my iPad

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