It started off innocently enough. Christmas had just passed, and we were reveling in our spoils. The holiday had provided the sun and the moon to Gabriel's young eyes. Yet his birthday, in January, is just around the corner. So I asked him.
"What do you want for your birthday?"
After a couple moments of very serious thought, he looked up at me with those impossibly blue eyes of his.
"I want to be six."
"You want to be six?"
"Yeah. When I'm six, I'll be in kindergarten, and I know how to read, and I can ride a really big kid bike with just two big wheels and not the little baby wheels that I need to keep me from falling down."
"That's true, but this year you're going to be three. That's halfway there."
"But I want to go to kindergarten. And I want to read. And I want to be six."
"You'll probably learn how to ride your bike without training wheels before you turn six. And maybe read too. Who knows?"
"But I won't be in kindergarten."
"You start kindergarten when you're five actually."
"But not three. I want six!"
This discussion was taking place right before naptime, so I ended it there. I told my mom and my sister, because I thought it was so darned cute, but I honestly didn't pay too much thought to it beyond that.
Gabriel is convinced that he's turning six on his birthday. He's going to be two. And then he's going to be six. He asked Mr. Halloween for a Spider-Man costume, and Mr. Halloween delivered. He asked Santa for a Spider-Man bike and a cookie, and (despite the almost-FAIL) he got just that. He's not really understanding why he can't be six. THAT'S the one thing he wants.
For my part, I feel like maybe I've come through for him these past holidays as best I could, and I feel like that was the right thing to do. I don't think I should have broken him of his hopes. His requests were so reasonable, his hope so genuine, why would I do that?
Asking to be six years old on your third birthday is just about the least reasonable thing. Ever in the world.
Yet the question remains. What should I get him for his birthday?
P.S., I'm still having this giveaway.