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.

Rio: No.

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.

Me: What?

Rio: My head has counting brains! They were a present from my spirit magic for my brain’s birthday.

Me: great!

* a sort of portable abacus we made this afternoon with some of the beads generously donated.

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