Tales From the City

By the numbers

April 3, 2011

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When my daughter Katie was about 6 years old, we went to the local pizza place and ordered a pie to go. While we were waiting, Katie looked around at the other people waiting for their orders or eating and asked me, “Daddy, how many people are there in the world?” I said, “About 6 billion.” She thought for a second or two and then asked, “Including us?”

Chip Knight / Merrimac

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A new baby sitter was getting to know our young son. While both were sitting at a table, drawing with crayons, the sitter asked him, “How old are you?” He thought for a moment and then very carefully drew the number 4, followed slowly by three circles. The sitter, of course, understood he was 4 years old, but asked, “What are the circles?” Our son, very proud of himself, replied: “Those are three quarters. I’m 4 and three-quarters.”

Clare “Kitty” Parsons Weaver / Manchester-by-the-Sea

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