Today is my mom’s 64th birthday. And it’s a big birthday for me. This may sound weird but I’ve been waiting for this particular birthday all my life. I’ve been really excited for my mom to turn 64.
One of my earliest memories is my mom singing the Beatle’s “When I’m 64.” She sang it to me when I was a toddler. She sang it when she washed dishes. She sang it while she gardened. She whistled it. She got it in my head at an early age.
So throughout my life, whenever I would hear this song, I’d think of my mom, and I’d wonder what we would be like when she was 64, and if she’d sing this song on her 64th Birthday.
Well, I sang it. Several times today. And I thought about how our relationship has changed in almost 40 years.
And I wondered if when my mom would sing this song, she thought about the lyrics, and wondered if we would all still need each other, and if we’d all still love each other when she was 64? Did she sing it as a question? Or, did she know she’d done a good job and that whatever the circumstances, wherever we were, we’d love each other even more, we’d need each other even more, when she turned 64!