Monday, January 5, 2015

Not Yet

To my son Tommy,

Here is what you would have overheard if you were a fly on the wall at our house on the last day you will be five years old.

Me: "Gosh, you are growing up so fast. You even look older. Do you feel older?"
T: "Not yet daddy. Tomorrow. I will feel older tomorrow because it's my birthday tomorrow."
Me: "You don't even feel a little bit older, not even a day older?."
T: (Getting somewhat annoyed) "Nope. I will feel one year older tomorrow."

Ahh the innocence of a child who does not understand the progression of time. One day, you will learn that you do not age a whole year in one day. According to our previous conversations, you think that day will be when you are 29 and 364 days old. And learning that, will age you a whole three decades in one day and gray hairs will pop out almost immediately, especially if you are already a father. From there on out, aging becomes mostly a day by day thing. Stay young, my son. Happy almost birthday.

Sincerely with love from your dad,

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