Whilst I was riding home from work on Thursday, it suddenly occurred to me, that we are 4 days in to the new month already. (5 upon publishing this.) Which means that is only 5 days until Boatman’s birthday, a fact which has completely snuck up on me.
Seeing as the most wonderful fishing fanatic, did such a stellar job on my recent celebrations, it seems only fair that I return the favour, and so, at dinner time, I broached the subject of next Wednesday with him.
Me: It’s your birthday next week.
Boatman: I know.
Me: Did you want to do something special?
Me: Really? Cause I could organise something.
Boatman: No that’s ok.
Me: We could have some friends over.
Me: Or we could go out for dinner? Do you want to go out for dinner?
Boatman: No thankyou. I don’t want to do anything.
It seems Boatman is a little despondent about his next year, and the reason is very simple. Without telling you how old he is, I’ll just mention that come Wednesday, he won’t be 33 anymore.
And this is a problem.
The reason this is a problem, is that Bailey (Or BJ- Boatman Junior as he shall henceforth be named), is convinced that 33 is the age to be. It’s the moment in your life when you have arrived, and it is the age that my little four year old boy, longs to reach.
According to him, there is so much you can do when your 33, that you can do at no other age.
You can catch a big fish, when you’re 33.
You can ride your bike to playgroup, when you’re 33.
You can race your mum on a motorbike whilst she rides Grandad’s old pushy, when you’re 33.
You can build a boat trailer, when you’re 33.
You can finally empty your money box, which you have been saving for all these years, when you’re 33.
You can travel to far off parts of the world, (on your bike), and give food and money to people who have none (from your money box of course,) when you’re 33.
You can go 4WDing and rescue bogged people, when you’re 33.
You can drive the boat, when you’re 33.
You can do pretty much anything, when you’re 33.
Not any other age.
33 is THE age to be.
Obviously, the majority of things that BJ thinks you need to be 33 to do, are things he sees Boatman do, and as his dad is his hero, that’s what he wants to be. It’s clear that it doesn’t matter how old he gets, or how many birthdays he has, no matter what age he is, that’s going to be the best age to be.
But for now, it’s 33.
So if you’re fluffing around on twitter next Wednesday, don’t forget to send a tweet to @BoatmanWassaaa to wish him a happy 33rd birthday.
What’s your ideal age to be?
What would you like to do, when you’re 33? (Maybe for the second time ;))
Linking, as always, with the dazzling With Some Grace