Whoops! he spilled the cake all over the table and the floor,
the number 3 candle fell off and rolled out of sight
That’s OK — he didn’t know how old he was,
and that didn’t matter
since he was having more fun than last year, when he turned two.
his Mom will show him the pictures of his third birthday
when he reaches the advanced state of being nine,
or perhaps the double-digits status of turning ten.
he’ll undoubtedly groan
and he’ll say something like “Mom, why did you take that picture with the cake smeared all over my face”
she won’t pay any attention to his complaints,
and his third birthday may as well have been last year,
or last week,
as far as she is concerned.