I am sitting here at my laptop trying to decide if today, my 65th birthday is a landmark day or not. As I regularly do when a word in my vocabulary seems to pop into consciousness from who knows where, I will type the word into my Google search engine just to make sure I am using the word in the way that the general consensus for the meaning and use of the word is accurate. Interesting! I almost used the word right for accurate, which was my first inclination.
That’s my point, exactly! People when writing or speaking presumably use the first word that pops into mind. I do it all the time, so I’m not making a judgment, just an observation.
So now lets look at the meaning and use of the word landmark. First of all, the word is regarded in the two instances as a noun. The first instance relates to the geophysical landscape as in “our Santa Fe Plaza is a landmark to which tourists flock whenever they visit Santa Fe, at least the first time they visit.”
The second instance refers to a turning point, which means that one’s day of birth or birthday is a landmark, a child leaving it’s mother’s womb to join the rest of humanity presently alive. But does my 65th birthday mark a turning point? February 20, 2014 certainly does for that was the day that my genital reassignment surgery took place.
This is my first birthday celebration since that day, that’s for sure. It also is the basis of my receiving Medicare Benefits for the rest of my life which actually took affect on July 1 which fills the bill as a turning point.
By now you might be saying to yourself “Why quibble about it anyway?” I asked myself that same question. I have been blogging since July 2009 and my first post was dated on July 20, 2009, making my blogging experience approximately four year’s old. That day is questionably a landmark day, as it is the first blog post I had posted, well actually the second because my introductory post became a page and I am unable to pinpoint the date for that post effectively cancelling out July 20, 2009 as my blogs birthday, but which somehow, in a revisionist sense, could be considered a landmark day.
So that brings me back to my original question “Is today, my 65th birthday, a landmark day?” I’ll let you decide, which is probably what I should have done in the first place.
Deanna Joy Hallmark