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Jct 52

Every year on my birthday I write about growing older. But 52 isn’t that old.

It’s twice as old as 26, which is about the median age of the software engineers who work for me. I feel twice their age as I notice their youthful good looks and see them struggle through things I mastered long ago. I miss my youthful good looks but would not unlearn these valuable life skills to get them back.

As the rest of my 50s unfold I look forward foremost to our children all building independent lives. I’m eager to see what they choose and whether it brings them joy and satisfaction. I am eager for Margaret and I to turn our attention toward the life we want to build for ourselves, and to enjoy our children and grandchildren.


13 responses to “52”

  1. Brendan Norris Avatar
    Brendan Norris

    Happy birthday Jim , my mums birthday is also today , she’s 83 and still enjoying life , so enjoy the celebrations and long life ahead

  2. J P Avatar

    Watching my kids find their places in life has been gratifying for me.

    Happy birthday!

  3. Greg Clawson Avatar
    Greg Clawson

    Happy Birthday Jim!
    May God bless and keep you, and your family in the year to come.

  4. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    The best of times are ahead Jim. Happy Birthday!

  5. jon campo Avatar
    jon campo

    You’re just s young buck Jim. Happy Birthday!

  6. conspicari Avatar

    Many Happies Jim.

  7. DougD Avatar

    Happy Birthday Jim, I have a 3 month head start on you, 52 isn’t bad so far.

    I hope you and yours enjoy many successes and less headaches this year.

  8. Nancy Stewart Avatar
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  9. Victor Villaseñor Avatar
    Victor Villaseñor

    Happy Birthday Jim! Have a coffee/tea on my behalf!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you kindly!

  10. Dick Davis Avatar

    Happy Birthday, Jim!

  11. fishyfisharcade Avatar

    Happy birthday Jim. Virtual coffee on its way!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Why thank you!

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