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  • The other day I dreamt about my sixteenth birthday party. The dream was incredibly real. There I was dancing with my friends, enjoying the music in a happy and light mood.

    Then I awoke. I gazed at the shafts of light pouring through a gap in my curtains and heard the birds singing.

    That was a wonderful dream, I thought. Um, how old am I now?

    I heard my husband making tea downstairs.

    Realisation came…. I am sixty two.

    Don’t get me wrong I accept my age and do not envy younger people, because I would not like to go through the traumas of youth again.

    But to whizz through time from 1966 to 2012 is quite a shock.
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