NOTE: I WROTE THIS POST IN THE SPRING OF 2014 WHEN MY GRANDSON GABRIEL WAS THREE. IT WAS CALLED “THE JOY OF BEING THREE.” HE DIED YESTERDAY JUNE 6, 2015 AT THE AGE OF FOUR. HE WAS FULL OF JOY AS THE ORIGINAL TITLE SUGGEST. TO THOSE WHO KNEW HIM, HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS.
My grandson, Gabriel, and I had a few conversations while he was visiting me. It had been six months since I had seen him, so of course, we had a lot of catching up to do if that’s even possible with a three year old. His favorite subject was Spiderman. He said he had super powers just like his favorite action hero. In the world of three, if you say it, you believe it. It’s that simple.
What is neat about being three is the wonderment found in a butterfly landing on a bush, a lizard scurrying through a crack in the wall, bouncing a ball, and blowing bubbles. A book is a new adventure even if one has heard the story a hundred times before. Taking a bath to get off the grime, sticky stuff, and sweat of the day can be fun. There are always toys that will float, squirt water, or make bubbles. I loved hearing Gabriel’s giggles of delight in those simple things.
When you’re three, hopefully you haven’t learned about war, bullying, intolerance, poverty, or crime. If you’re blessed, you live in a safe secure world feeling loved and wanted. You have parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and little friends that make you feel special.
As Gabriel grows, he will discover more things about his world. He will have opportunities to challenge and expand his mind. He will make new friends, and he will find his way and his niche. There will be some bumps along the way. At first, he will have Mom and Dad to cushion him, but later he will learn to pick himself up and keep going. In the meantime, he can laugh, giggle, and smile at the small wonders. Every day will bring a new adventure, a new discovery. What joy! Oh, to be three again.
Photo of Gabriel as ring bearer in his uncle’s wedding May 2014
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