© 2012 Aaron Atkinson

Backwards Birthday

A coworker of mine recently took the day off to celebrate her 40th birthday. In tribute to herself, she posted the forty most interesting things she did on her birth-day-off on Facebook. Laura read a few of them.


Laura and I ate dinner with some friends that same evening. Over salads and pizza, Laura told her friend about the forty posts of my coworker.

“I don’t know how that would go,” mentioned Laura’s friend. “It would be so boring! I mean, get up, number one. Wash my hands, number two…”

“Um, Amy,” I interrupted, “that seems a little backwards to me.”

“What do you mean?”

“You should always wash your hands after you finish going to the bathroom.”

She gave me a courtesy chuckle.

I wonder if I’ll still be this funny when I’m forty.

I hope so.

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