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The Big O Birthdays!

Updated on August 9, 2020

Big O Birthdays

Just ten more 'til then,

Another Big 0 Birthday.

One more Big milestone.

Not everyone celebrates "The Big Double O Birthday"!

And then there were five more birthdays for Mom, after age 100.
And then there were five more birthdays for Mom, after age 100. | Source

The Big 1O Birthday

I'm not sure I remember much that was special about my Big 1O birthday, but I'm reasonably sure I was glad to be "double digits" old.

School and friends were so important then, together with being older (like my older friends.)

At the Big 1O the milestone was what grade in school the Big 1O put me in, and the fact that the end of World War II was still being celebrated the eight days that led up to my Big 1O.

School days and the end of World War II were the big part of my Big 1O


The Big 2O

The Big 2O for me was probably the most stressful of all.

As with many of my peers at that age, college life can be exciting and demanding, an adventure into adulthood.

For me as a Plebe at West Point, The United States Military Academy, it was a demanding adventure. Beast Barracks was over, classes had recently begun, the one big break was attending Army Football games with The Corps.

Chances are my roommates thought up something that could be celebrated about being cadets in Company E-2 and my Big 2O, but in the fog of those stress-filled days any celebration is a lost memory, except as I remember they, along with some help, dragged me into the shower, a tradition repeated for each of us the next two years!

It was a summer two years later, but you get the idea.


The Big 3O

The years from the Big 2O to the Big 3O were monumental! College years were done and a career in the foreign service was in full swing, I was married with a son and a daughter to care and provide for. Life had become an ongoing adventure. sweet, and with the necessary challenges that made it so, including being in South Vietnam at their war's early stage.

Need a passport? You first need a photo.


The Big 4O

By the Big 4O I was done exploring the world and I was busy starting two newspapers as editor/publisher. My first wife had chosen a different path for herself and our two children. I had later married my present wife, and we had another daughter and two more sons (twins.)

Leaving overseas life behind and settling in to raise our children at home in America was a wise choice. The adventure of life continued with new and exciting challenges.

The Big 5O

By the time I celebrated the Big 50, we had settled into our home in the Rocky Mountains. The three youngest children were almost teenagers, and our lives revolved around them. Our two oldest children were a son in the military and a daughter in college majoring in mathematics.

I was a State of Utah employee, a working life not so different from my prior federal service, and with two incomes the two of us were living the good life while using our skills and experience to provide for a happy family life.

The Big 6O

After working for the state, we had opted to open our own restaurant and work side by side, teaching our three youngest children how to work and appreciate the values of higher education before all three entered college and soon left to serve as missionaries for our church.

We found that people who needed us found us at the restaurant and it was not uncommon for such people to comment that "Now I understand what it was that prompted me to come here today!" It was more than just my wife's international foods we were serving.

For the Big 6O we celebrated knowing so many new friends and customers who became dear friends, many remaining so today while others have passed on as we all aged.

The Big 7O

Managing a restaurant is a demanding and tiring profession, even with a hard working partner. By the time our three youngest children returned from serving as missionaries in California and the Philippines (speaking Tagalog, American sign Language, English, and a little Spanish) married, and were giving us grandchildren, we had changed the restaurant into an international health business, and started teaching and writing again.

The Big 8O

Today we celebrated my Big 8O by taking the bus to our credit union, getting a cashier's check to pay the remaining tuition for one of the two French students we sponsor who live with us and attend a major university.

From there we boarded another bus to a restaurant which offered me a free lunch we enjoyed while looking at photos from the past several years.

Then we walked to a nearby university press and picked up the proof of my fifth book which will be published this month as the latest of nearly another dozen I have written since the Big 7O.

Old dogs can learn new tricks, and life remains an adventure as 80 years of wisdom and experience are applied to the latest professions of authorship and freelancing intended to make a difference in the lives of our five children, 17 grandchildren, and the lives of readers.

Beyond the Big 8O

As the Big 8O begins to fade into the background, and it does so very quickly, what lies ahead of Big O Birthdays remains to be seen and experienced.

My own father lived to be over 92, and I mentioned that my mother lived to half past 105. By rights and genes I should outlive my heart valve replacement of two years ago.

My wife Manolie lost her mother in a plane crash, and lost her father to health problems related to his smoking. Her grandmother lived into her 90's, and her grandfather lived to be a strong and healthy man at 115.

We will share the remaining Big O Birthdays God gives us, and surely we will enjoy watching the progress of our children as the computer expert, mathematician, social worker, hospital CEO, and doctor raise those 17 grandchildren, and they in turn celebrate their own Big O Birthdays and we gain great grandchildren to enjoy. The first great grandchild is due to arrive on or around my 85th birthday!

Moving on to 105 but never reached the Big 11O.

Life is lived one stride at a time.  With good fortune, it is an adventure with memories that are the cushions of old age.
Life is lived one stride at a time. With good fortune, it is an adventure with memories that are the cushions of old age. | Source

Cane and able....

The author in his 79th year before the Big 8O.
The author in his 79th year before the Big 8O. | Source


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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Almost halfway to the Big 90! With the first great grandchild due around my 85th birthday. Life has been good to me and to the "ours" of life.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Deb. As of right now, our own family has 24 birthdays each year, not counting my sister's family....just our own.

      Why not round it off? I will include your birthday and make it an even 25!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Demas, I really like that picture of you, as you look so dapper. Sounds like quite a life so far, and so much more to go. Stay well, which it sounds like you are already are. Best wishes to both you and Manolie. Keep us all posted on more birthdays.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Shyron, That is a great line, and I don't recall having heard it before. Wish I had been its originator! I have always enjoyed being alive, when I have been fully alive, and I hope to keep living a full and rewarding life of adventure and happiness.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Perspycacious, for sharing these special memories with the Hub community. I do appreciate you.

      May you live as long as you want to, and want to as long as you live.

      Blessings friend.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsDora - We don't want to spend all our time looking back, or God would have put our eyes at the back of ur heads! But it is certainly worth writing a summary of some sort that we can pass on to those who follow.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Quite unique and interesting. Those Big Os are certainly memorable. Glad you enjoyed the memories and thanks for letting us in.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      BlossomSB - Did you give them a "Get Out of Funeral Service FREE" card for attending your pre-death thanksgiving service?

      Sounds like a great idea to me, but if we both plan on living long lives, we had best add this line at the bottom: "Fully transferable." Some who attend might not make until our funerals!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Your mother did so well! The big Os seem to be milestones, don't they? I had a big service of thanksgiving in the church for one of mine. Why wait until I die? It's better to be there to celebrate and have fun with friends and relatives. Enjoyed your hub.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Kathleen Kerswig - Nor even for another "Big O"!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      5 years ago

      We don't have to wait for a year to pass by to celebrate something. Just increase the celebrations of life. You have that joy of life - I can tell from your writing. :)

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Sulabha - I am glad to be considered included in the "contented" group. Thanks.

      annart - And now? On to getting the rest of the already written books published. Then on to managing our publishing firm.

      Kathleen Kerswig - There won't be "many more" to come. We all recognize that, unless science and medicine devises new ways to keep all of us going strong. A better shot for coping with pneumonia has offered real promise in that direction. So maybe we do have "a long way to go."

      Thanks for your blessings.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      5 years ago

      Such a great topic for a hub! First of all, happy 80th! Next, I just want to say I related to being excited about turning 10 to be in the double-digits. LOL. Thank you for sharing and many blessings for many more celebrations to come.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 years ago from SW England

      A belated Happy Birthday to you and many happy returns! I hope you enjoy life in your 80s and beyond. 17 grandchildren! I have 5 and they keep me busy. Maybe they're the ones who keep us healthy with all the energetic activities they insist we join in with

      Interesting hub about your fascinating and varied life; thanks for sharing it with us.


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      Sulabha Dhavalikar 

      5 years ago from Indore, India

      Impressed. May you live very, very long. The world needs contented people like you. Great going!


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