Asna turned 10 this week. Like her previous birthdays, she was counting down the days to the day.
“Are you looking forward to your birthday?”
“Turning 10. Before we know it you’ll become a teenager.”
Her face changed.
“… but I don’t want to grow up. I want to be a child forever.”
“What age do you want to be?”
So we agreed that this shall be her “5th” birthday.
On her birthday, Asna was carrying the goodie bags she had prepared with Bibik, for her friends at school.
“Are you going to have a party at school?”
“No, I’m just giving goodie bags.”
Parents had already thrown her a pizza party during the weekend, but Reza and I felt a little bit kesian at her for not celebrating her birthday on her real birth date, so we decided to surprise her that day.
During lunchtime, I bought her a Flik Flak watch, the Hello Kitty edition. Asna has been wearing the watch that she bought at the supermarket. I figured it’s high time for an upgrade and got her a nicer watch.
Before we returned home, we went to Baskin Robbins to get her an ice-cream cake. We remember her mentioning that she wants this particular cake for her birthday in the future, but neither of us could remember which so we chose a strawberry cake decorated with a butterfly, hoping she’d like it anyway.
Once we reached home, we tried sneaking into the house without being noticed to prepare the cake, but Asna caught us.
“I saw it!!!”
She said from the stairs, when she saw me walking toward the kitchen.
Lit up the cake and had a private celebration of her birthday with everyone in the house. Kid was so thankful, hugging the both of us, because we got her “the right cake” (it was the cake that she wished for woohoo) and “the right gift” (according to her, it’s the watch that she wished for, too).
I asked her:
“So, are you happy?”
“Yes, thank you!”
“What do you feel about turning 10?”
Asna made a sad face and pretended to sob:
“Sad. I don’t want to become old!”