And Many More, or Not

12 Jun
minus 10

minus 10

Birthday traditions are as varied as they are joyful.  Although, one of the varieties, one belonging to a dear friend of ours, lacks a bit of the joy.  Maybe you’ve heard it:

Happy Birthday (Uggh!)
Happy Birthday (Uggh!)
One year closer to death,
Happy Birthday (Uggh!)
People living in despair,
People dying everywhere . . . but . . .
Happy Birthday (Uggh!)
Happy Birthday (Uggh!)

It was the song that sprang to mind as I finished the account of Nick Carraway’s 30th.  I have a feeling it might have been going through his as well.  Here’s his parting thought,

So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.

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Posted by on June 12, 2013 in The Great Gatsby


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