When I was a kid, I remember being excited about my “half birthday”. For anyone who may be unfamiliar with this concept, it’s the day you are halfway between birthdays.
As in, “I’m five and a half today!” From that day forward, you are no longer 5, or 8, or 12. The “and a half” has to be added when someone refers to your age.
For me, my half birthday is today. My birthday is August 17th. However, instead of just rounding my age up to 40, or 40-ish, I will require all of my friends and family to refer to me as “39 and a half” for a few more months.
Clearly, my goal is a bit different from when I was growing up. In this case, it’s to ward off saying that I’m 40, not to emphasize how close it is for me. I’m really not bothered by it, but I think the emphasis on the half is funny.
I guess if people guessed my age higher all the time, I would be more hesitant to reveal how old I am, but I still pass for 32-35 most of the time, so I’m happy when people act surprised. If you are not surprised, or if you actually thought I was even older, feel free to keep that to yourself. 🙂
So, I guess I need to celebrate my half birthday today, huh? Perhaps I should buy (or consume) half a cake?
Maybe I’ll go buy some wine and see if I get carded. That happened to me twice over the past year. That would make it a very good day indeed.