The Big 4-0

40th

You’d think the ‘Big 4-0’ would bring
A measure of respect –
That men would bow and ladies blush –
That’s just what you’d expect!

But friends all love to make you squirm
And watch your agonizin’.
They’re long on jokes and jabs and jeers,
But short on sympathizin’!

I, too, walked the road you’re on
And felt the bitter pain
Of corny cards and ‘crisis’ quips –
I thought I’d go insane!

So let me give some free advice,
Quite worthy of my mention:
Ignore the ridiculing gibes
And prize the fond affection!

12/12/1986

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