Today I brought some goodies at work for the kids for my birthday celebration. But before we did that, we had our usual Monday Ritual. This Monday Ritual involves reading a story from the Children's Bible (I work in a Catholic Kindergarden) and then talk about our weekend and what we are planning to do for the coming school week. We usually make a circle and do all these things. But what was interesting and quite touching was that when I sat in that circle, the kids immediately started to sing the birthday song. That's probably one of things I like about this work, the little surprises you get.
Little Girl: So Toni, is your birthday over?
Me: Oh no, of course not, just our kindergarden party is over but I have the whole day yet.
Little Girl: (looking really deep in thought) So how old are you then today?
Me: I'm 36 years old.
Little Girl: (started to count, using both hands )Hmmm 1,2,3,4,5, 6 Ah.. (stopped -she can't count more than six)
Little Girl: (looked really serious and in deep thought) Ah, what does 36 years old mean?
Me: It means I'm old.
Little Girl: showed enlightenment "Ah, now I know!"
Yup there you go, even a little girl understands what it means to be old.