## Opportunities

I am setting the table for breakfast. I announce loudly "Breakfast is ready".

Vian sits down at the table and notices that I had left two forks next to his plate of cantaloupe slices.

Vian: Who put two forks?

Me: Oh, I didn't realize I left two forks. My mistake.

Vian: No, it's ok.

Then proceeds to use both his forks to pick up two slices of cantaloupes and starts shoving them in his mouth. I was reminded of the poignant quote "There are no mistakes, only opportunities".

## Egg Skin

We are at the breakfast table. Vian is having cereal and I am having hard boiled eggs for breakfast. I offered one of my eggs to Vian.

Vian: I don't like the yolk.

Me: I can take it out for you.

Vian: Yeah, if you can take out the yolk, I will eat just the skin.

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 announce 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.