29,220 Days

That’s how many days old you are if you are 80 years old.  In 1992, my great-grandmother turned 80.  At that time, I was a 12-year old math and numbers nerd.  I also had a really corny sense of humor, as you’re about to see.

A few days ago, I got a mysterious letter in the mail.  It was from my grandmother (who is still living).  The aforementioned great-grandmother has passed since 1992.  The letter included a Birthday Card I had written to my great-grandmother on the occasion of her 80th birthday (which my grandmother found in a box).  I had completely forgotten about it.  And reading it was like entering my own time capsule and meeting myself 20 years ago.  By the way, I no longer say “how does turning 80 feel?” to 80-year olds anymore (just 79 and below).

What is most fascinating is that my bizarre sense of humor and fascination with numbers and useless trivia explains a lot about me today (not much has changed).  This explains why I am wired to speak to kids for a living.  It shows me that who we are as 12-year olds really can say a lot about who we will be in life.  That’s why I think ministry to preteens is so important.  They are sponges, learners, and they are forming life-lasting traits at a much higher rate than adults.  So let’s love them and teach them the right things.

Here’s the letter:

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Dr. Jesse Joyner travels nationwide as a speaker and entertainer. His primary role is that of a performing juggler spreading joy and the love of learning to family and kids events. H earned his PhD in Educational Studies at Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL). He enjoys playing the piano, bird watching, and old houses. He lives in Richmond, VA with his wife, Sarah, and their three kids - the perfect number for juggling children.