My dear friends, I am happy you were able to attend tonight
Its not everyday one gets to be one hundred years old.
My children have come from around the world
With their children and their children again.
All up twenty-five of the twenty-six great grand kids are here
If I can remember your names I’ll be doing well.
I know I’m a curiosity to you all
A quaint old man my great grand daughter Essie calls me
I think that is some kind of compliment.
As George Burns once said:
You’ve got it made when you turn one hundred
As not many people die over a hundred years of age.
I acknowledge I am an example of technology
I remind myself so often of a cartoon I saw as a child
Where the wizard had created a monster
One man commented, it reminds me of someone I once knew
To which the wizard says: Its several people you once knew.
I am a walking spare parts factory
New hip, new knees,
Fresh beating heart
New kidneys, new corneas
And a pill that does wonders for my get up and go.
Where was that fifty years ago?
I know I have lived a long time
Seen a lot
Had friends come and go
I received a note from King Bill and Kate
Congratulating me on my milestone they said
Some days it feels like a millstone
But I wouldn’t change a thing.
But as I look around and see my family and friends gathered
Come to see me, wish me well,
I’m pleased to see my long time friend
Dr Pooky, still running marathons into her seventies
A credit to us all.
My friends life is a gift, treasure it well
It doesn’t always go how we planned
But live every day to it’s fullest
Suffer and grow from adversity
Love and be loved
This is the secret,
Love as you would want to be loved.
As my one great love would say to me
Each morning as we looked at each other
Marvelling at another day together
Lets go do this!