My husband, Warren Boroson, hates surprises, so as his (illegible) birthday neared, he decided to give himself a surprise party. He sent out invitations and even ordered the cake himself.
He asked that the cake be inscribed “Happy Birthday, Methuselah.”
The young man taking down the information asked, “Is Methuselah a girl’s name or a boy’s name?”
We presume he wanted to know whether the decorative icing should be pink or blue.
At any rate, Methuselah (as I’m sure Jewish Standard readers know) lived to be 969.
The exchange sent me browsing through my Bible concordance to find age-related quotes.
Among my favorites, the poignant “Can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women?” (2 Sam. 19:35)
And then there’s “We spend our years as a tale that is told.” (Psalm 90:9)
(Happy Birthday, Warren!)