I always do as I'm told. . .
The proximate cause for our journey today is a gathering of family and friends in honor of Jen's mother's 80th birthday. So please join me in wishing my mother-in-law a very happy and prosperous birthday. In the mother-in-law sweepstakes, I hit it big - my MIL is one of the saintlier people I've known in my young life (she would have to be, in order to bring the likes of me into her family). On the old theory that your mother-in-law is a glimpse into what your wife will be like in 25 years, I married even better than I knew at the time. . .
It seems that years ending in '2' are looming large in my life, these days. Which is to say that I know lots of people celebrating 'decade' birthdays this year. Besides my MIL, I've already told you about 1F, who recently turned 30, and 8M, who turned 10; but 5M will be turning 20 in another month, as well (and the notion that I'll have five children older than 20 just seems the least bit. . . I don't know. . .) Several of my friends are celebrating their 60th this year (yeah, I'm one of those guys who likes to play with older kids). I'm sure, if I think hard enough, I could come up with someone turning 40 or 50. My birth-father turned 80 earlier this year, and if my dad were still alive, he'd be turning 90. And later this year will be the 110th birthday of one of my grandmas (well, she died 26 years ago).
Anybody know any centenarians?