Saturday, April 25, 2009

Impromptu Math Lesson Goes Awry

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?"

"Two thousand!"

"And if there were one million people, how many legs would there be?"

"Two million!"

"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.

7 comments:

Mama Zen said...

That's some positive thinking!

Momisodes said...

What a clever one he is :) And yes, he did seem to find the silver lining there.

Elizabeth said...

That is a riot!
Way to look on the bright side of an affliction!
Blessings, E

bernthis said...

yes, if only. sometimes I look at my five year old and just wish we could switch places.

Fire Hunt said...

I love the way kids think.

Michelle said...

And now I have the song "Always look on the bright side of life" going through my head. Thanks a lot ;) Love the thought processes ;)

girlytwins said...

Oh the mind of a 5 year old is hilarious!