“Grandpa, I’m big. I’m 10 weeks old today! How old are you?”
“Well, Elijah, there are lots of ways to calculate that. Usually we tell a person’s age in years. Kinda hard for a 10-week-old to understand, huh?”
“Yeah. What’s a year?”
“Like I said, it’s kinda hard to understand but let’s try. Okay?”
“Give me your best shot!”
“Okay, a year is 12 months and…”
“What’s a month?”
“A month is four weeks and usually a few days. It’s always four weeks (27 days) but, depending on the month, it can be four weeks and three days like November, April, June, and September; it can be four weeks and one one day like February, except every four years when it’s Leap Year. All the rest of the months have 31 days.”
“Grandpa, why are you talking like this? You’re not making any sense. Are you senile? Does being old mean you can’t answer a simple question, Grandpa? This conversation started with a simple question: How old are you? I’m 10-weeks-old. So…how old are you?”
“I’m almost 75, Elijah.”
“Wow! You’re 7.5 times older than I am!
“Actually, the difference is a LOT bigger than that. Let’s think of the years as weeks. There are 52 weeks in a year.
“Yeah! I’m 10. How many are you?”
“I’m 3,899 weeks OLDER than you, almost three-quarters of a century, Elijah.”
“Wow! What’s a century?”
- Grandpa Gordon, August 1, 2017.