Conversation with an 8yo

Me: Whoa! It’s very late, we should have started getting ready for bed 20 mins ago. Sempi: 20 minutes isn’t that much. If you think about it, it is only 4 time 5 minutes. Sempi: And if you think about it, 5 minutes is just 5 times 1 minute. Sempi: And if you really think about it, 1 minute isn’t that long. That’s the spirit. I should remind him of this conversation when he starts doing planks....

June 16, 2021 · 1 min

Conversations with an 8yo

Sempi gets very creative when he’s building Lego structures. So I asked him about it. Me: How did you get so good at building these lego creations, Sempi? Sempi: I don’t know, I just like building things. Me: Would you say that I should just keep building things and I’ll get better over time? Sempi: It is easy to create something for yourself. You know what you want and you can make a place for a boat or an airplane in your creations....

May 26, 2021 · 1 min


Tonight we read Calvin and Hobbes for bedtime. After I read the comic strip above, I tried to explain a little about Michelangelo. Me: Remember, Michelangelo, we saw the statues he made when we went to Italy? Sempi: Yeah. Me: He’s a great sculptor. Do you guys remember the David statue? Vian: I know who Michelangelo is, he’s a TURTLE! o_O

March 22, 2021 · 1 min

Musings of an 8 year old

Vian was playing with his stuffed animals. Vian: Watch my deer. It can do a somersault backwards. Sempi: (thinks for a bit, turns to me)… if you call a flip a somersault, do you call a backward flip a wintersugar? Me: What a terribly missed opportunity. They just call it a reverse somersault, those unimaginative linguists.

March 8, 2021 · 1 min

Bug not a Feature

We are having dinner. Sempi is eating enthusiastically and suddenly cried out, “AAARGH!”. Me: What happened? Sempi: I accidentally bit my tongue while chewing. Me: I’m sorry Sempi, that must be quite painful. Vian who is listening to all this plays around with the food in his mouth and suddenly declares: Vian: You can actually bite your tongue anytime you want, not just on accident. Me: That’s…. that’s not a feature Vian, it’s a bug....

March 7, 2021 · 1 min