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That’s Pretty Old

“Daddy, what old is Bear?”

“Do you mean how old is Bear?”

How old is Bear, yes.”

“I don’t know, sweetie.  How old do you think he is?”

“Sixty two.”

“Sixty two?”


“Oh, he’s sixty one, not sixty two?”

No.  Bear is sixty two one.”

“Sixty two one.”


Honestly, the most impressive thing is that she knows any numbers above fiveteen.

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    • #1
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    • Sun 19 Nov 2006
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    Anne-Sophie wrote in to say...


    • #2
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    • Sun 19 Nov 2006
    • 1635
    Ben wrote in to say...

    My daughter has started saying made-up prices out loud while shopping. I’ll be pushing her in the trolley and she’ll pick up a toothbrush or something, looks at the label and says “sixty pounds, too expensive!” and puts it back, kids say the weirdest things and for some reason its always sixty pounds (GBP) as well.

    • #3
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    • Sun 19 Nov 2006
    • 1755
    Michael McCorry wrote in to say...

    Very cute. How old is “she”?

    • #4
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    • Sun 19 Nov 2006
    • 2051
    Jason wrote in to say...

    Now let’s not go forgetting ‘eleventy squillion’, which comes right after you’ve run through the twenties & thirties a couple of times (or so my four year old tells me).

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    • Mon 20 Nov 2006
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    Joseph Scott wrote in to say...

    My oldest daughter applied the number 20 to many things for awhile (20 dollars, 20 minutes, 20 this, 20 that). It’s fascinating to see how the thought processes of little kids develop.

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    • Mon 20 Nov 2006
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    Scott Minor wrote in to say...

    My three-year-old used to refer to the day before today as “lasterday.” :)

    • #7
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    • Mon 20 Nov 2006
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    Sherri Johnson wrote in to say...

    That brought a smile to my face. My almost-3-year-old daughter counts well up to 13….at which point, she gets stuck bouncing back and forth between 13 and 18.

    “11, 12, 13, 18, 13, 18, 13, 18…”

    • #8
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    • Tue 21 Nov 2006
    • 0422
    Asbjørn Ulsberg wrote in to say...

    Sounds like your daughter is stuck in an endless loop, there, Sherri. Sure she’s properly configured? ;-)

    • #9
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    • Tue 21 Nov 2006
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    Jason wrote in to say...

    Sherri, Asbjørn is right. If you get your daughter a brother, he will happily reconfigure her…

    • #10
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    • Thu 23 Nov 2006
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    Albert wrote in to say...

    Hello I’m 26 years olds and when I need to say a random number I allways use 27 or multiples (270 2700 27000 270000 …) depending on the scale of the problem :)

    • #11
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    • Wed 29 Nov 2006
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    Stephen wrote in to say...

    I have a niece who is not twenty one, but twenteen. So she says.

    • #12
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    • Sun 3 Dec 2006
    • 0736
    Andy wrote in to say...

    On Alberts comment, if I’m ever asked for a figure and haven’t a clue my “plucked random” is always 12, no multiples or factors of ten. Always 12. As an aside I have a vivid memory of myself and friends in the very early seventies (so I was about 5 or 6 years old) always using dollars as our currency, no suprise as the UK was moving from £sd to decimal currency at the time.

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    • Sun 3 Dec 2006
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    thepineapplehead wrote in to say...

    This made me smile. Today, on the way back from an outing with my sister’s children she looks after (as a nanny), I was chatting to an animated three-year-old who was obsessed by the number “30”. Thirty miles, thirty pounds, thirty feet tall.

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    • Sun 10 Dec 2006
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    Sharon wrote in to say...

    My 5 year old son: Mum, how old am I?
    Me: You’re five.
    5YO: No, I’m four.
    Me: No, you’re five – you just turned five a few weeks ago
    5YO: No, I’m ….. ten!
    Me: Then how old is dad?
    5YO: He’s one.

    Me (silently) Well, that explains a few things then…

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