I hope that you will forgive me for having another thought for the day today. I think you will, because today is Twelfth Night (… or is it Twelfth Day? Answers on a postcard, please) and thus the Christmas decorations will / should have been taken down; and all jokes related to the festive season must, of course, be taken down too.
So, after that excessive buildup, here’s the gem. It’s from a US columnist and wit, the late Bill Vaughan:
“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.”
Admittedly, I have heard variations on that, including this:
“Middle age … it’s when you are sitting at home on a Saturday night and the phone rings and you hope it’s not for you.”
… but Bill Vaughan’s has the added merit of being topical.