"Soul, thou has goods laid up for
many years; take thine ease, eat, drink,
and be merry."
Forty is a magic number that basically indicates "a
long time," or "a whole lot." The rains
of the Flood fell forty days and forty nights. and
another forty expired before Noah opened the window
of the ark. Moses was in Mount Sinai forty days, and
the Children of Israel wandered in the desert for forty
years until they at last came to the promised land.
years is a decade longer than one human generation.
I have worked as a printer at the same location for
forty years, but it doesn't seem like such a long
time from this end. Perhaps that's part of