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December 07, 2006

Infinity less one

My son, like many children of his age (five), likes to keep track of who he likes the most. He does this with his friends and other family members to some extent, but it most commonly pops out with his mum and me, though it’s impossible to predict who’ll be the most favoured parent on any particular day.

What saves this from being annoying or depressing is that he has a pretty good grasp of tact for a five year old (better than many bloggers, certainly), and so he’s careful not to present his views as Like/Don’t Like or even Like More/Like Less. Instead, he presents it as liking one of us just fractionally more than the other. This morning, the discussion went like this:-

  • “I love you to infinity, daddy.”

Then, quickly:

  • “And I love mummy almost as much. To infinity minus one, actually. Which is…”

Long, long pause for reflection.

  • “Nine hundred million and thirty eight.”

Infinity seems to exert a powerful hold on the imagination of young children; it’s come up on my blog before, in the guise of the infinite pizza conundrum.


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