By Diane Ako
Olivia is learning to count, add, subtract. It's a cute stage. She gets stuck at random places that are not the same every time. Sometimes, she can't remember what comes after 33. Sometimes, it's what's after 59. So on and so forth.
Definitely, triple digits are not yet in her skill set. At Big City Diner the other night, she must have seen phone numbers or sports scores on TV.
"What's six-seven-seven?" she asked Claus.
"Six hundred and seventy seven," he answered.
"What's eight-zero-zero?" she asked him again.
"Eight hundred," Claus replied.
"What's five-four-two?" she asked once more.
"Five hundred forty two," he patiently said.
She paused. "Whoooooa! You are amazing with math!" she exclaimed.
We laughed. "Yes, he is amazing. And with math," I smiled.
If only keeping our kid in awe would stay this easy!