This conversation was one I did not expect to have with my youngest:
Joaquin: “Mom, I don’t want to have my birthday.”
Me: “Why? Birthdays are fun!”
Joaquin: “Because I don’t want to get older. I don’t want to be 4.”
In my mind I’m exclaiming “You’re only 3 Joaquin!! Imagine how i must feel!” But I managed to compose myself and ask “Why don’t you like to turn 4?”
Joaquin: “Being 3 is so cool!”
Why Joaquin is anxious about growing older at this young an age is something I find interesting but I guess that’s a good sign that he is enjoying his childhood. But I can relate to his anxiety about growing older. I too have moments when I wish my birthdays will not come anymore and hope that I can just freeze time and keep things as they are. There are days I dread growing older for fear that I might not enjoy life as much as I am enjoying it now.
What I had here was a teaching moment.
At this thought, two particular verses came to mind: Proverbs 4:18 “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day” and Psalm 92:14 “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” I tried to assure Joaquin’s 3-year old immature but tender mind that as he gets older, life gets better as well. Being 4 will still be cool, if not cooler. If we keep loving and obeying God, He will surprise us with many wonderful things! We can look forward to brighter days ahead.
And I assured myself as well.