Rio: I am smaller than seven
Me: yep. How many years until you turn seven?
Rio: I dunno.
Me: Do you want to use your counting beads* to figure it? It’s very easy.
a moment passes while I wipe down a counter and wonder what to do next. Let it go? Push the lesson? Is this a moment for teaching discipline or letting her follow her own inclination? The moment ends when Rio shouts: “Three! I will be seven in three years!”
Me: Hey cool, you figured that out in your head.
Rio: This reminds me of something.
Rio: My head has counting brains! They were a present from my spirit magic for my brain’s birthday.
* a sort of portable abacus we made this afternoon with some of the beads generously donated.