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1954 + 60 = 2014

When I was much younger, I remember buying my Dad one of the very first electronic calculators around. It was a simple four function (add/subtract/multiply/divide) machine, and if I remember correctly it cost us around $250, which is about $1,600 in today’s dollars.

CalculatorI liked to put in my birth year- 1954 and calculate things like how old I would be in the year 2000. That number was an unbelievable 46 years of age which as a 12-year-old seemed like a very old age indeed. Even my Dad was not that old in 1968!

I figured that true old age would be upon me if I made it to 60. If you do the math and add 60 to 1954 you know what you come up with? You guessed it- the year 2014.

Now that 60 is just around the corner and I can start filling out the paperwork for my Canada Pension, I have to say that those years have flown by in an instant.

The years from 12 to 60 saw me graduate from a number of schools. I married my high school sweetheart (2013-1978 =) 35 years ago and we have two wonderful kids who are all grown up and pursuing their own lives. My parents and one brother have passed on and there were some difficult days along the way.

 I have found a few extra pounds along the way (today’s weight -135 lbs = never mind) and have many wonderful experiences shared with friends and family.

I don’t play the calculator game anymore. I have come to understand that today is a gift and no calculator can guarantee you will see any particular age or year.

Walt Whitman said that “Happiness is not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.”

I am glad to see the dawn of this year that my ancient calculator predicted would one day arrive and most thankful for all the days in between.

Please accept my best wishes for a happy New Year which will appear one day at a time.

One Response to “1954 + 60 = 2014”

  1. Barb Clapperton says:

    Happy New a Year to you and yours Deacon Mike
    From all the Clappertons