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'I Don't Wanna Be 4!' A Preschooler Waxes Tearfully — and Hilariously — About Getting Old(er) [VIDEO]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gyonJtlRtk

I feel Paislee Harper’s pain.

The little girl from Kentucky recently turned 4, and she just didn’t want to do it. The prospect of a new car seat, bicycle, or big-kid stuff couldn’t entice her to feel happy about getting older. When she was 3, she got her ears pierced and went to Disney World. How do you top that?

I cried when my older daughter turned 4. At 3, she was still kind of baby-ish, but in a good way. She retained a need for me in a primal way. I begged her not to turn 4. Pleaded with her. Asked nicely and reasoned with her calmly. Tried bribing her. But she would have none of it. She did promise for a moment to stay 3 forever, but then her birthday hit, and she was all “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I am so a 4-year-old now. Later, Mommy!” Unlike Paislee, my daughter was tragically lured by the shiny prospects of Pre-K.

Paislee’s mom interviewed her on camera with her twin brother, Hudson, on the eve of their fourth birthday.

“I don’t wanna be 4!” Paislee cried.

Of course Hudson might be worse off in the long run, telling his mom on camera that he was excited to turn 4 since it means he’ll be able to go outside by himself. Yeah, good luck with that, Hudson.

Video credit: YouTube

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