Today in the car my 7 year old announced, "This family has 8 legs."
I had no idea what he was talking about. "What?" I asked.
"This family has 8 legs," he repeated. "Mommy, daddy, brother and me are 4 people. We each have 2 legs. Double 4 makes 8."
"Yes, that is right," I said.
My husband wanted to expand on this impromptu math lesson. "So if there were one thousand people, how many legs would there be?"
"And if there were one million people, how many legs would there be?"
"How about about if there was one hundred million people?"
"Two hundred million!"
Then my 5 year adds his own thoughts on the subject. "What about if someone doesn't have a leg. Not everyone has 2 legs. Some people are missing a leg."
"That is true," I agreed.
My 7 year old liked this idea. "How about if you had no arms and no legs?! You would be so lucky!"
My husband and I looked at each other and asked, "How is that lucky?"
"Because you would get to watch TV all the time!" he replied.
If only things were that simple.