January 17th, 2011 by Editor B

Martin Luther King, Jr., was not born on the 17th of January — but I was. MLK was born of the 15th. So was Drew Brees. Unlike Drew and I, the celebration of MLK’s birthday floats around. That’s how you can tell he reached a slightly higher level than most mortals. In fact he’s the only American to be honored with a national holiday who wasn’t a president. As for Drew, he won the Superbowl. I’m just happy to be alive. I’m 44 years old today. My birthday only coincides with MLK Day when it falls on a Monday, which I would guess is approximately every seven years. The last time this happened was in 2005.

Just for the record, here’s a photo of me sitting in front of this computer writing these words.

Photo on 2011-01-17 at 10.54 #3

My hair is longer than it’s been in years. (Nine years in fact.)

So far, this birthday is looking quite a bit better than #43. (Hm, #44 better than #43, what could that possibly portend?) I got to sleep in a bit, Xy fixed me a nice breakfast, my daughter sand me “Happy Birthday,” and we’ve got some steaks to grill this afternoon.

But even better than that, I got to see the word “nonviolence” on the front page of this morning’s paper. That’s a very welcome present. It seems that in the wake of recent events in Arizona, Dr. King’s philosophies are being reexamined. I sure hope so.

Yesterday evening, just as we were sitting down to dinner, I was trying to explain the concept of MLK Day to Persephone, and she exclaimed, unprompted, “People was equal!” Give her a break on the grammar, she’s not yet three years old. I was doubly amazed: first, that she had any grasp of the concept; and second, that she’d actually learned something at daycare. That was another good birthday present.

7 Responses to “XLIV”

  1. Brooks Says:

    You’re a poster boy for aging. Here, you look like a poster boy who just sat on a cat.

    Many happy returns!

    And your daughter is really something.

  2. chrissieroux Says:

    Happy happy birthday! ‘Twas great seeing you all the other night–let’s do it again soon.

    Enjoy your day.

  3. Garvey Says:

    Happy b-day, b!

  4. Robyn Says:

    Haha! You look a bit crazed in this picture. Perfect for a 44th birthday portrait!!

    Happy Birthday, B.

  5. Eric Says:

    I remember when you turned 33. I think I remember you rapping about “XXXIII.”

  6. judyb Says:

    Love the pic!!! Happy Birthday and kudo’s to you and XY on EXCELLENT parenting!

  7. rickngentilly Says:

    happy bday b.

    they just keep getting better.

    they also come faster every year.

    dont cut the hair untill spring.

    as some one who was a bike and bus guy for years , trust me.

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