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.

Happy Epiphany!


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