To My Husband on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday

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Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many, birthday, husband 60th birthdayEach week Aline and I tackle topics that are challenging, controversial, historical, uncomfortable, educational and opinionated.

This week we’re celebrating my husband’s birthday and I penned a few lines to commemorate a milestone occasion. Today the blog is lighthearted and just a bit tongue in cheek, and still opinionated!


Time marches on and your birthday is here
There is no turning back, you are sixty my dear

It’s a wonderful age, a colossal event
But I’m sure you are wondering just where the years went

One day you are twenty and then fifty appears
And suddenly you wake up to sixty big years.

Your youth and your energy have diminished in size
Your legs are less nimble and so are your eyes

Your hair’s not the color it once used to be
Have you noticed how often you now have to pee?

Time is a thief; these are things we can’t alter
Your memory fades and your steps start to falter

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take. birthdayEach day there’s a search for your keys or your glasses
And you’re forced to admit just how quickly time passes

You are mindful of things you once had but now lack
Like the spring in your step and the strength in your back

You can’t sleep through the night and forget things you knew
By nine in the evening its bedtime for you

Your muscles ache more and your joints pop and crack
Offering painful reminders of things you now lack

Yes, your birthday is here—you can’t run, you can’t hide
But the real proof of aging can be found deep inside

There are things that get better, that age cannot slow
So here is some wisdom from one in the know:

Your kids are the story your accomplishments tell
Each one a reflection of what you did well.

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah WinfreyYour life’s filled with riches that money can’t own
Blessings that come when your twenties have flown

You are smarter and wiser, unafraid to take chances
You meet them head on with no backward glances

Your doubts and your fears have been left far behind
It’s time for your best life and it’s one of a kind

To those that would say life is done, now you’re old
Believe not a word—youth is way oversold

You are now in your prime—you have weathered each test
To those of us here you are simply the best

Our kids have all grown, now young women and men
Looking back on our journey, I would do it again

There are great years ahead; our lives are not done
We’ll walk through them together because now you can’t run

Don’t worry about sixty its really great fun
No mortgage, no tuition, good times still to come

And in case you are thinking your birthdays are done
Well, the truth is that next year you’ll be sixty-one

Happy birthday! Darth Vader, Star Wars, light saber

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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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