Birthdays are happy occasions, but they are also another step in our slow, inevitable march to the fate that awaits us all: death. We know that, of course, but rarely acknowledge it – it's hard to follow such a bleak truth with cake and the birthday song.
A man, however, was recently reminded of his mortality by this grim, merry sympathy card from his 14-year-old son on his 40th birthday posted on Reddit:
"Dear Father," begins the note. "We support you very much in these times. Death could just be around the corner. We love you very much and will take care of you as you get older. I gave you this blanket to comfort you. I love you very much.
"With sympathy, Dylan," ended the message of the son.
My son got me a sympathy card on my 40th birthday … by r / funny
The recipient, the Maryland cop, Simon VanLeuven, shared a photo of the card with the words, "Pure Hearts and Prayers I am with you at this time. "
" He was always very funny when it comes to cards and everything else in life, "said the older VanLeuven website BestLife . "He has the most unconventional things. Whether condolences for birthdays or instructions for fitness programs in Christmas cards. Always a good laugh. "
Some men may not be very familiar with Japes about their upcoming years, but VanLeuven seems to understand that getting older actually has its advantages. Sure, those first few gray hairs can be an unpleasant discovery, and you may not be able to eat as you used to, and you can hurt yourself somehow when you sleep. However, there are many things that improve with age in your life. Their relationships deepen. They are safer in themselves. And the best part is that you make as many terrible father jokes as your heart desires ̵