Me: So, you know how old she is?
Boo: Um, [an integer, x, between 1 and 100]
Me: Ha, did she ever tell you the story of when she looked at her birth certificate one day and discovered she was actually born a year later? So she’s actually [x-1]! (That exclamation point does not indicate factorial.)
Boo: What? May, you can’t do that. You can’t tell someone they have the wrong answer when they think the information they have is correct. That’s like saying, “Two plus two does not equal four because one of those twos is actually a three.” No, she didn’t tell me that.
But there it is, Mom is a year older today, but a year younger than one would calculate given information from over four or five years ago. Oh my, every year she’s the same age!
She says it’s raining down there today, so there’s not much to do outside. She really likes spending time at the nearby parks, especially by the river. A couple weeks ago she saw a manatee family grazing in the St. Johns. She called me and left a message that day. I love manatees.
She did work the bishop’s storehouse this morning, though.
In the rain.
On her birthday.
And she probably had a blast.
Now the internet knows of two secrets that keep her so young. The world should thank her for the grace of her presence among us mortals.
I wish I could spend the day with her.
I miss you, Mom. I’ll see you soon, though.