Yes, it’s “Groundhog’s Day” and it’s also my birthday.
On this date, back in 1959, some 61 years ago, I was born in Phoenix, Arizona.
Of course, Phoenix was very, very different back then. By the way, in 1972, when I was 13 years-old, Phoenix, Arizona was 200,000 people. Today, it is close to 5 million.
Not only is today my birthday, but today is the first palindrome in 909 years.
Today is a very special occasion — the date is a palindrome, meaning it is the same when read forwards and backwards.
It is February 2, 2020, or 02/02/2020, in both the MM/DD/YYYY format and the DD/MM/YYYY format. At just after 2 a.m., it was 02:02:20 on 02/02/2020.
This is the only time such a date will occur this century.
The previous palindrome date in all formats came 909 years ago on 11/11/1111. The next will come in 101 years on 12/12/2121 and after that there will not be another until 03/03/3030.
But, back to my birthday…..
Honestly, it feels strange. I have never been 61 before, never have I been a “senior citizen” although many places consider you a senior when you reach 55.
Reflecting on my birthday, on the fact that I am 61, gives me a bit of pause.
Throughout our lives we hold at bay any thoughts of mortality.
Death, old age, and illness are banished from our minds, lest we fall to depression. Yes, it is depressing to reflect upon these things.
The grave or the “old folks home” are not happy thoughts.