…followed by learning to tell the time.
For the first twenty or so years birthday numbers,
mark important stages of our lives.
Then we try and forget that we are getting a tad older
with each and every birthday.
During my late teens and early twenties,
it was a must to know the address
and opening hours of the local burger store
especially on a Saturday night.
During my late teens, I was introduced to these
numbers and for a couple of years joined local
football tipping competitions.
It took that long to realise that if I had
a bad week (of tipping) it was highly unlikely
that I could catch the leaders during the rest of the year.
During our twenties as begin to branch out from home
for work and/or travel, these numbers tend to rule
our lives as we learn to budget as we fend for ourselves.
Without these numbers, I would not have known
that this monument was erected, by
public subscription on July 19, 1896.
As our offspring age…
…which means we have also aged…
…these numbers suddenly become
vitally important to all but the very lucky.