Friday Two Cents: Acting My Age And Having A Blast



This past week I had my birthday. Unlike many people I celebrate my birthday once every four years. Yes I am a Leap Year baby or Leaper. I mentioned in last weeks post that I was not that excited about my birthday this year. Not because I am getting older or that I am feeling melancholy, it’s just that I wanted to do something low-key, private. I guess that I believe that everyday is a celebration, to live every moment. Yet I have come to understand that these celebrations are for other people to have some fun. It’s like an excuse to be a little silly and make others laugh and just have some fun.

So on February 29, 2016 I had my birthday and I embraced the birthday salutations others gave me and I had some fun with it too. The students in a couple of classes gave me birthday cards that they made and I joked to them saying that I was the biggest kid in the school. Teachers and parents wished me a happy birthday and I joked saying that I am as old as the kids and that probably explains my behaviour, most of the time. I also went around the schoolyard playing with the students and tapping on the kindergarten windows to bother the kindergarteners. Just like some of the older children do. I even participated in some Jedi vs. Sith foam noodle battles with the students. Of course I was a Sith Master (I had red noodles) and I won every battle. I told the students to call me Darth Paul.

Thinking about that day, I acted my age. I ran around teasing people making jokes and playing with other kids and it was a lot of fun. Maybe every adult should do this once in a while. You know, get in touch with their inner child and let loose. I have the advantage because I am a teacher and I work with children all the time. But just like that day I think we all need a day to set aside the responsibilities of being an adult and just be a kid. Take it from my experience; you’ll have a blast.


The Kindergarten classes made my wonderful birthday cards.


Jedi vs. Sith foam noodle battles.


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