If you were a fan of George Carlin, you will recall his take on aging as we travel through each decade and how we change our answer to the question, How old are you?
I tried to break the news to my father as casually as I could – almost as an afterthought. “I won’t be reachable for a while,” I said. “I’ll be out of town traveling through China and North Korea.” Dead silence on the other end of the line. Followed by, after a long pause, “I didn’t think I heard you correctly.”