First Lady Joins the Over 50 Club!


If you’re over 50 you can relate to this. A couple of years before I hit half a century, I started getting mail from AARP. My wife, who’s quite a bit younger than me, just laughed. “Hey old man,” she would yell, while holding up the latest mail, “Here’s another one for you!”  Nothing against AARP, but it was a smoke signal giving me a warning that the Big 5-0 was right around the corner, and I didn’t like that. Not one bit. It reminded me of when my father hit that milestone, and I remember thinking, “That’s old. Really old.”


Today, Michelle Obama is celebrating her 50th birthday. I really don’t have any insight on how she’s dealing with it, but chances are her girls think she’s over-the-hill. But the First Lady did send out a tweet while holding up her AARP card. “Excited to join Barack in the 50+ club today … check out my AARP card!” President Obama turned 50 in 2011.

Over the years I’ve come to grips with 50. Heck, I’d love to be 50 again. I just can’t wait until another Michelle, the First Lady of our house, starts getting mail from AARP. It’s coming. She won’t like it. Not one bit. I can almost smell the smoke signals already.  It’s either that, or someone’s burning the mail.


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