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September 15, 2013
I'm never sure what to say to my cousin's children. As an ice breaker, I tried "Hey, how old are you?"

I knew he had recently turned ten, and he held up ten fingers.

"Ten! Wow, double digits, huh?"

He nodded.

"You know," I said, as if confiding in him, "I'm in the double digits myself. It's pretty good, huh?"

I thought he might have some reaction to this, but he just stared at me.

"Although I'm looking forward to triple digits. They say that's when things really start to pick up."

He asked me to get him a popsicle.