Yes, it’s really me. Now you know I have a nose. And a forehead! But what’s so “shocking?”
On June 17, 1952, I was born to Nadine Gunn Fisher in Oak Park, Illinois, at the same hospital used by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemmingway and Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs.
That’s not the shocking part either. Be more patient. I have, on my bathroom wall, framed behind UV glass, my birth receipt.
My mother spent 5 days in the hospital. The total bill was $120.80. Insurance paid $78. Bottom line?
I cost $42.80.
As you can imagine, I ponder these numbers frequently. Room and board for $11.50 a day? Delivery room for $20 and drugs for $5? Four days of infant care for $13.75? How were they charging, by the pound? Circumcision for three bucks!
Forty-two dollars and 80/100 cents.
When I consider what I’m worth today, I have to admit: it sounds about right.