Kinder Graduation

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. 

Me: Google's first office was called Googleplex, named after googolplex. 

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. 

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. 

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.