Turning 60

June 23, 2008

So Dad turned 60.

His birthday celebrations were pretty low-key but frankly with the amount he travels, the fact that my brother’s in camp and that I’m never at home, it was nice just to have dinner together. Dad seemed fairly nonchalant about turning 60 and was more pleased with the porridge buffet we had today than the considerably more posh (and more expensive) dinner yesterday. Somehow.

Over dinner he commented that he wasn’t very interested in celebrating his 60th birthday but thought that we should have a bigger celebration for his 30th wedding anniversary with Mom (next year). He reasoned that any idiot could turn 60 and it was a totally passive accomplishment BUT 30 happy years of marriage was something else and that was worth celebrating. Dad can be such a charmer! He’s such a sweetie. Hee.

The humble gratitude with which my Dad’s approaching his 60th makes me happy. There is something to be said about being blessed. Not just being blessed by material wealth or health or intellect or friendship or family. Indeed God has blessed us with all these things (and more). But about the ability to recognize and bask in a deep seated feeling of blessedness. It kinda reminds me of this verse from Isaiah –

“Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.”

– Isaiah 55:2

I know too many young people who have lost the ability to recognize and be thankful for blessings in their lives. Somehow, the jadedness of God-knows-what has cast a dismal shadow over their soul. But today, my soul is delighted that after 60 good years, Dad’s soul still delights itself in abundance.  There is something true and pure and beautiful about that.

God is good. 🙂


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