A weblog by Will Fitzgerald

At 50, everyone has the face they deserve

Will's face at 50

George Orwell says that at age 50, everyone has the face they deserve; here’s mine. I had my first surprise party ever: after dinner, many friends from the Church of the Sojourners came over to the house and secreted them in the house library. “Come, Will, I want to show you something in the library,” said Mike. Unfortunately for the surprise of it all, I had seen some of them coming in. But fortunately for me–I’m not so sure I like surprises. There had been some debate over whether I’d enjoy singing or playing games more; again, fortunately, singing won out. Thanks, church. Plus, there was ice cream at work today (along with good business news), a nice linguine with clam sauce dinner cooked by Rick, pleasant presents and cards … and, of course visits and presents from family–maybe 50 isn’t so bad after all.


3 responses to “At 50, everyone has the face they deserve

  1. Natalia July 28, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    50 is awesome. I am eagerly looking forward to being 50. I didn’t know you were turning 50, though…happy birthday!

  2. ---dean July 28, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    Hey kid, you’ll get used to it and be grateful that there is a meaning for 50 beyond:
    * Hawaii (http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/)
    * red hats (sorry, wrong equipment – http://www.redhatsociety.com/)
    * anything retail (http://www.nextag.com/gift-for-a-50-year-old/search-html)
    * cavity prevention (http://emporium.turnpike.net/P/PDHA/fluoride/blunder.htm)
    * fitty cent (…just…can’t…go…there)

    Although not tied to The Birthday, perhaps true meaning can be found in something like this – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/4693520.stm

    Shared from the POV of 50.115 yo

  3. Mark Fitzgerald August 4, 2006 at 12:02 am

    I think you should start a congregational dance at your Church in SF. Think about Reba Place+aerobics. Here is some sample choreography.

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