Tuesday, February 26, 2008
For a long time, Z - who is 4 - had a favorite number. It was 1,038. I don't know how he came up with the numeral, but he frequently used it to quantify his feelings. For example. "I love you 1,038...I hate this 1,038...I want to do this 1,038"...etc. I found this expression hilarious and I was quite sad when recently he ditched it's use. However, he now has evoked greater creativity in his assignment of numerical value to different emotions. The following is an interview I conducted with him to illustrate his matmatical evaluation of personal feelings.
How much do you hate pickles?
459 a thousand and 30.
How much do you love ice cream?
459 a thousand and 78 and 9
How much do you like mustard?
How much do you hate mustard?
Maybe 459 and 7
How much to you love Disneyland?
Oh, I don't love it...they have stamps...well maybe.. I love it 78 and 459 and 80 thousand.
How much do you love thin mints?
That's a hard question. I am thinking...I am thinking...9 thousand and 66....and 459.
How much do you hate latin music? (Which he decided he greatly disliked after being exposed to it at a music kiosk thing at Target recently.)
479 and 58
How much do you like preschool?
Maybe 1 except when it is fun and I like it 1 thousand
How much do you like Scooby Do?
Oh! 459 and 78
How much do you like brocolli?
Oh, maybe 1
How much do you like salad?
How much do you hate salad?
How much do you love your mommy?
459 and 4,000 never-ending
Awww! To be loved 459 and 4,000 never-ending makes my day!