Ol’ 55

31 Dec

I turned 55 last week. I am totally OK with it and I’ve been singing that Tom Waits/Eagles/Sara MacLachlan song  a lot. I mumble through most of the words, but always get the first line and chorus. In my head, I am perfect.

You know how, when you learn a new word, or come across a new idea, it suddenly seems to pop up everywhere? Fifty-five is like that.

Last week, I bookmarked my birthday by reading A Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly. It’s about a deaf girl who is obsessed with helping a whale, Blue 55, who sings at a frequency different from all other whales: 55 Hertz. Coincidence? Totally, but it is fun to think about it. The book is based on a real whale, Blue 52. If I’d read this book the year I turned 52, it might not have registered the same way.

Somewhere this week, I heard 55 referred to as “double nickels”. Apparently it means 55 mph, but what’s heard cannot be unheard and my brain made another weirdo connection. After my birthday, I read The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Okay, that might be stretching it, but my brain loves to play with words and see connections where none exist.

Wishing you all a very happy 2020.





8 Responses to “Ol’ 55”

  1. arjeha December 31, 2019 at 8:04 am #

    Happy belated birthday. 55 is a great age to celebrate for many reasons. Retirement is within reach of it is something you look forward to. It is an age where you care less about what people think about you and more about what you think of yourself. Enjoy this milestone and many more to come.

  2. Beth Bilson December 31, 2019 at 8:41 am #

    Happy Belated Birthday, I turned 65 last week………….I’m ok with it too, Truman still looks
    at me with the same loving eyes…………..”is it Walkie time yet?” Happy 2020!

  3. Terje December 31, 2019 at 9:27 am #

    Happy Birthday! May you have a fabulous 55!

  4. Ramona December 31, 2019 at 11:37 am #

    Always heard my dad refer to 55 as double nickels. Enjoy this year! I like all the repeating digits years. And each time you have one, it’s eleven years until the next one. I love the numerical connections you’re making.

  5. terierrol December 31, 2019 at 11:38 am #

    Happy Belated Birthday. 55 is great – enjoy the whole year with many more to come!

  6. Writing to Learn, Learning to Write December 31, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

    Happy Birthday and Happy New Year! Here’s to double nickles!

  7. Diane Cherry December 31, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

    Sean’s “double-nickel” birthday is in February 😉

    Sent from Diane’s iPhone


  8. Lisa Corbett December 31, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

    Happy birthday and Happy New Year!

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