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The Fool is Forty

1st April 2006

Tyler-5days.jpgSome forty years ago today, Dr. R. Winters (who evidently had a healthy sense of humour) performed a scheduled C-section on my mother the morning of April 1st, 1966 at the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At approximately 8:21 am, I was brought into this world, preordained to be the fool that I am today. I weighed in at 6 lbs 2 ozs and was 20.5 inches long and was by and large healthy — except for one brief notation in my rather sparse baby book (I was the last of four kids) that I will not disclose publicly! If the picture to the right is any indication, I was a stern lad — perhaps I was a bit perturbed about being given such an ignoble birthday! Sure, they say that they needed to do the C-section as soon as possible — they could of least waited until after twelve noon to make the cut! That’s OK, I’m not bitter. Really…

Well, some forty years later I can look back on my life and realize that I have been blessed. I have a wonderful family, including three great kids and a lovely, long-suffering, wife (suffering for about twenty one years to be precise!). I love my work (the piles of grading I have been creatively neglecting notwithstanding) — especially my colleagues and students. Never in a million years would I have thought I would be a religion and theology professor at a Christian college!

Life is good. Thanks for reading.

הודו ליהוה ×›×™ טונ ×›×™ לעול×? חסדו

11 Responses to “The Fool is Forty”

  1. Ken Says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  2. saint Says:

    Birthday big fella.

    Look forward to lurking on your blog for the next 40 years.

  3. Jim Says:

    Ah you’re still just a baby! ;-)

  4. Steve Laroche Says:

    Happy Birthday Tyler.

    And you should really get that marking done.

  5. Duane Says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  6. Steve Martin Says:

    Happy Birthday, Tyler! I’ll drink a toast on Monday.


  7. Kevin P. Edgecomb Says:

    Congratulations, Tyler! Have a swell year!

  8. Mike Says:

    Is it really your b-day? Or is that an April fools joke?

  9. Joe Cathey Says:


    Happy birthday! You are now in the 40 club with Kevin and myself. Lunch is on me in D.C.


  10. Tyler F. Williams Says:

    Thank you for all the birthday wishes! (and yes, Mike, this post was completely factual — unlike my previous one!). I look forward to lunch, Joe!

  11. MattPage Says:

    Happy Birthday for Saturday Tyler. I hope you had a good one.