Yesterday was my birthday. I officially turned 48. Of course I’m also a chronic liar, so my true age will appear inconspicuously somewhere in this post. 68!
When I was a kid, mom told me that I was born at 10:00 am. So at 9:30 I walked out of my dear condo and headed down Main Street to the Belmont Diner. I sat at the lunch counter and announced “When I was a kid, mom told me that I was born at 10:00 am.” Chrystal (the owner, and a very sharp cookie), chimed in with “So it’s your birthday.” She then proceeded to waltz over to the white menu board and add “Happy birthday, Bruce -72 years.” Well, not quite.
I took out my phone and saw that it was 9:55. One more countdown. I’ve done this every year since I was knee high to somebody’s knee. As 9:56 appeared in my universe, I started a slow chant: “67, 67, 67, …”. My companions smiled.
The radio was playing a wee dittie. I recognized one of my favourites: Superman’s Song.
I’ve always related to the words. I’m no Superman, but like him I’ve wanted to do good. I could be a “hangin’-out-in-the-cave” Buddhist, but that’s not me. Tarzan had his jungle but I’ve yearned to be like Supe:
Sometimes when Supe was stopping crimes
I’ll bet that he was tempted to just quit and turn his back on man
Join Tarzan in the forest
But he stayed in the city
And kept on changing clothes in dirty old phonebooths
Till his work was through
And nothing to do but go on home
Coffee to my lips, 9:59 became 10:00 and I was 68. Superman sang on. What are the chances that words I love would intersect with my birthday moment?
Time for the next song, another Brucio smiler:
I want to know what love is
I want you to show me
I want to feel what love is
I know you can show me
Well, I was 2 for 2. Unknown forces were flowing around me. Peace was there. Wonder too.
Oh, what we tiny humans don’t know