Vian's last day of graduation was yesterday. It was a heartwarming ceremony where the teacher recognized each kid with a certificate for a certain quality and had the kids announced what they want to be when they grew up.

Vian was recognized as a problem solver. He then stood up and announced, I want to be a dad when I grow up

Needless to say I was floored by this announcement. I was walking around with a big grin. It was the happiest day of my life (so far).

## Conversations with a 6yo

Yoshi is having a serious conversation with the kids.

Vian is jumping around being playful and generally not paying any attention to Yoshi.

Yoshi: Vian did you hear what I just said.

Vian: Yeah!

Yoshi: Can you tell me what you heard?

Vian: I don't know.

Yoshi: But you said you were paying attention.

Vian: I'm just really good at forgetting.

## 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.

Sempi: Oooh. Cool!

Vian (6yo): Is that the biggest number in the universe.

Yoshi: I read that there aren't googolplex number of atoms in the universe.

Me: Well technically there is a number that is so unimaginably large. It is called Graham's Number.

Sempi and Vian: Oh. How many zeros does it have? 1000?

Me: No it is so big that you can't even imagine it. (I try reading the wikipedia entry without success)

Me: I can't quite explain it very well because I don't fully understand it myself.

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Next day I'm walking Vian to school. We're doing imaginative "talk play". Vian is describing a generator in Minecraft that can produce something infinitely.

Vian: It just keeps generating it forever. Actually that's not true, it only goes up to that number that you couldn't explain.

Me: Graham's number?

Vian: Yeah, that.

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I'm so proud that Graham's number is a casual quantity in our household now.

## Monkey Bar

Sempi is a big fan of Leonardo Da Vinci. Ever since we got back from Italy he's been talking about the various inventions of Leonardo.

Earlier today he was playing in the park after school. Apparently, he fell down from the monkey bars trying to do something brave. Yoshi took him to the ER and the doctors announced he has a small fracture and put his arm in a sling.

He's quite despondent about the whole ordeal and told me that he wished he hadn't tried that special monkey bar maneuver. I reassured him that his sling is a badge of honor, it is a sign of bravery, it shows that he is someone who pushes the boundaries.

Me: Do you know who else is the kind of person who pushed boundaries?

Sempi: Who?

Me: Leonardo. I bet he wore a sling many times in his life.

Sempi: Yeah. But he probably knew how to use a monkey bar though.

Me: LOL!!

I have to agree with him on that one.

## Good people

Sempi and I read bedtime books together and discuss the story before he goes to sleep.

The story we read had a mention of illegal drugs. Apparently he didn't know what drugs were. So we discussed what drugs were and how some bad guys can sell drugs to victims and why it is illegal.

Suddenly Sempi drops this nugget of wisdom.

People are always born to be strong and good. No one is born to be weak or evil.

Friends who know me well, know that I strongly believe "people are generally good". I guess that belief is a genetic trait.