I think most people would agree, with the possible exceptions of decade birthdays (30, 40, 50), that year-to-year, they really don’t feel that much different on their birthday. It’s only when you compare, say, your thirty-third birthday to your twenty-third birthday that you feel old.” Likewise for yours truly. This birthday is a bit different, however, and that is completely due to my four month-old son. Maybe it’s just psychosomatic, but being a new dad does bring with it certain feelings of getting older. Not that that’s a bad thing. No, not in the least. Becoming a dad is one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to me, and if that brings with it feelings of growing older, then that’s fine by me. In the mean time, if you’re so inclined, I’m always open to the receiving of presents and swag. ;-)

December 3, 2003