Be it known that The Artist Formerly Known as Daddy Shortbread (Tom) is now 40!
Four decades. the Big 4-0. Forty. Four times older than when he was 10. TEN times as old as our cats. Half as old as 80. Fully in a different decade from me (at least for another year and a half).
He's slightly bothered by it, which I take as an open invitation for ridicule. (Feel free to participate in the comment section). I mean, come on, 40 is the new 28 thanks to hair dye, Botox, and the judicious use of Photoshop. And as a man, he doesn't even have to worry about going gray. Salt-and-pepper is considered downright hot on guys thanks to George Clooney.
Besides, I happen to think that he's aged delightfully, and I do appreciate his gallantry in testing the waters by turning 40 first. Before me. Who's still only 38. And merely 9.5 times as old as the cats.
Happy Birthday, sweetheart!