It’s really interesting to see how abstract concepts are learned. The twins are almost 5 years old, and during the past year, they’ve started to experiment with perspectives of time and numbers — hours, days, weeks, months, years. Holidays and birthdays. Numbers. Past, present, and future tense. Forever, always, and never.
Of particular interest lately are the numbers beyond 20. For some reason, 99, 100, and 47 are commonly referred to.
“Ama, my birthday is in 99 days.”
“In 100 days is Halloween.”
“Daddy, you’re 99-47-100 years old.”
Time tenses are constantly mixed up.
“Yesterday, we’re going to the park.”
“Next Wednesday, I was 3 years old. Now, I’m 47-33-100 months old.”
The concepts of forever, never, and always are casually tossed about. The idea of existing and not existing is enough to blow their minds.
“I’m never going to be 3. It’s going to take forever!”
“Ama, bears don’t exist.”
“Daddy, do you exist?”
Then, there are ideas that just defy rational human thinking.
“Next month, snakes don’t exist except for 47-99-100 spiders.”
“Cats are never going to be extinct until next week.”
“Ama, are you 25?”