40 Today

Somebody is 40 today; she is of course not the only one past that milestone but she is our daughter.

One finally enters adulthood at this milestone and leaves the burdens and anxiety [and the “how clever I am?”] of adolescence behind forever. I am referring to adolescence between 30 and 39, that awful period of being neither fish nor flesh, too mature to mess around with twenty year olds who know everything but not yet adult to understand what 40 and beyond will want from you.

Age 40 to 55 is the most beautiful years of human life. Physically male and female are at their peak; to reach their spiritual peak they must now mix with the early fifties soon to be 55 and finally prepare for the beauty of the sixty years old.

We are Dutch South Africans; 100 years ago our forbearers were proper Dutch but when good Old England incorporated us in the ways of the British Commonwealth in 1910 most in our family made the choice. This beautiful highly qualified professional daughter [a gift from heaven] could speak, read and write English and Afrikaans before she entered school at the age of 6 after 4 years in a bilingual nursery school.

We are proud of our Dutch Heritage and Colonial England for making this country a land to be proud of and she went one step further when she got her medical degree to move to England where she has since added three specialist degrees from Edinburgh Scotland and London University.

Her finest hour arrived when she was asked to represent England as an Official delegate to a large Medical Congress held in San Francisco USA a few months ago.

Go well my dear; you are an adult at last. We are proud of you.

I shall write more about you and our Country in the time ahead. God Speed to you; show them the stuff that made us what we are.

Don’t let anyone mess with your Dutch or British ancestry. We have every reason to be proud of what we brought to this land and what we contributed to make it the powerhouse of the entire Continent.

Go with God.

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8 Responses to “40 Today”

  1. JP Says:

    You have so much to be proud of and for, but then so does your extremely intelligent and lovely daughter, for she has you as one of her parents.

    And gosh, the Mrs. has the two of you. 😉

  2. boudicabpi Says:

    Hey buddy. my daughter is 49 my son going to be 39. My best friend 22 and breakfast with her and 3 of her kids this morning, Hopefully with another friend, 26 tomorrow with her daughter, husband and my son and go see my mom 94. My 2 young friends say they aren’t going to let me get old. LOL.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Hi Bob

      I always wondered where you are; kind of thought I have a few years on you but your young ones may make it the other way round, depending on when you started. I shall be 74 comes August 3rd and except for the eye still in good health; no aches or pains. Go with God, old friend.

  3. Ike Jakson Says:

    Hi Leopold,

    She was in Amsterdam just last week for her second official British delegate attendance. They were somewhere on the west side of the city and she emailed me that the people were very friendly and the food was great. I hope she goes to Zurich soon.

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