When you’re my age
When I was five, the universe scared me. The big encyclopedia talked about billions of years, billions of billions of miles. When I worked out what a billion was, I was terrified. “But what’s it all for?” I wailed. “Wait till you're my age,” said my mother.
When I was thirty-three, I asked her again, “So, what’s it all about, remember?” But she just said, “wait till you’re my age”.
She died at seventy-six, and now here I am, seventy-six myself, her age at last. And I still don’t know what it’s all for.
I guess that’s what she meant.