Conversations about the largest number

We’re at a restaurant waiting for our food. My 9yo is discussing large numbers. Sempi: Did you know that googol is 1 followed by 100 zeroes? Me: Yeah. Sempi: And googolplex means 1 raised to the power of googol. Me: Technically it is 10 to the power of googol because 1 to the power of anything is just 1. Sempi: Ok. (whatever). Me: Also Google is named after googol. Sempi: I know....

May 23, 2022 · 2 min

Hot Cocoa Part 2

Yoshi is making hot cocoa for everyone after our snow play day. Me: I think I’m going to drink all the hot chocolate that Amma is making. Vian (5yo): If you drink my hot chocolate, I’m going to punch you 5 million times in your face. Me: You can’t even count that high, Vian. Vian: Ok then I’m going to punch you one hundred times. 

February 22, 2022 · 1 min

Measure of Age

Vian (5yo) is curious as ever. He asked me how old I am. Me: I am 40. Vian: You know 40 is not that old for an adult. Me: Really? How come? Vian: I can count to 40 really fast and it doesn’t even take that long. He then proceeds to demonstrate how quickly he can count from 1 to 40. 

February 22, 2022 · 1 min

Confidence of a 5yo

I don’t know how to play Minecraft. Vian (5yo) decided he’s going to educate me. We’re now playing real-world Minecraft in the front yard without a computer. He’s narrating various aspects of the game as he’s walking around the front yard. A leather armor, iron ingot, wooden pickax, bedrock and so on. Then he delivers this pearl of wisdom. Vian: Here’s a good tip. When you’re in the game don’t mess with me....

December 3, 2021 · 1 min


The kids like to scare me by trying to jump out from under the covers and yell “BOO!”. I like to pretend that I’m scared of their tactics. The other day I decided to return the favor by suddenly entering their room and yelling “BOO!”. I managed to scare Vian and he started giggling in fear and shrunk back under his comforter. Me: Hey Vian, looks like I scared the bejeezus out of you....

November 30, 2021 · 1 min