How terribly strange to be 70

Psalm 90:10

RogerGreenBirthdayCartoon490How terribly strange to be 70. I’ve used that title twice before in this blog, and you can probably guess when in 2011: on October 13 and November 5.

Now, I’M three score and ten, which is old. Or at least oldish.

Psalm 90:10 in the King James Version reads, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

In case you don’t recognize the artist, the work was created by my friend  Fred Hembeck in 2007. Fred gave me the original black and white piece, on which he indicated, “54 ROCKS!”  He’s a full five weeks older than I am.  I believe I’ll use this illustration every five years, just because.

The home church

Sister Leslie took the photo on her phone. It was when we visited Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church at the corner of Oak and Lydia Streets in Binghamton, NY, on October 9, 2022.

The room used to be the Sunday School room when I was a kid. My paternal grandmother, Agatha Helen (Walker) Green (1902-1964), taught me. Now, the room is used as a memorial to the Departed Loved Ones of the church.

On the wall, along with photos of Mrs. Armstrong (left of center), and Mr. Woodward, is my Grandma Green, more or less hovering over my head. I don’t THINK that was the photographer’s intent, but it’s a rather cool effect.

Not incidentally, the church – specifically, my father’s cousin Ruth – requested a picture of my parents for the wall. My sisters and I ought to work on that.

Anyway, it’s my birthday, divisible by five (and seven and two), no less, so that’s enough for today.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

7 thoughts on “How terribly strange to be 70”

  1. Happy 70th Birthday Roger! ❤️🎉🎂🌺🎁Hope you have a glorious celebration of your birth! Love you! ❤️🎶🥰🙏🏼🎁🫶🏽

  2. All good wishes to you on this landmark day, Roger!
    Art Garfunkel was much younger than 70 when he wrote that. How would he have known?

  3. Happy Birthday Rog,

    How can you be 70 when I’m 3 years older than you and I think I’m 20?

  4. happy birthday to you! My husband will be 70 in August and he doesn’t want to tell anyone!!

  5. Happy birthday dear friend, with love. You are one of the best people I know, one of the best I’ve ever met. I treasure our decades long friendship, just five years short of the milestone celebrated today. Amazing, isn’t it?

  6. A very happy auspicious* birthday to you!

    (*I am told in some Asian cultures, reaching 70 is a time for great celebration. One site notes that someone who reaches 70 is “rare and precious.” Though given modern medicine – thankfully not so rare any more)

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