**Jack:**Mom, how many years til I turn 100?

**me:**95

**Jack**: That’s a long time. How many days til I turn 100?

**me:**Well, that would be 365 days times 95…

**Jack:**(interrupting) Nooo, not times anything, just how many days??

**me:**You have to do the math first. It’s 365 days in one year, then you times it by the number of years, which is 95.

**Jack:**(silence)

**me:**?

**Jack:**Well?

**me:**Um, I’m not that good at math sweetie, so we’ll need a calculator.

**Jack:**Then how many months til I’m 100?

**me:**More math. 12 months a year times 95 years. So that’s 95 times 10 which is 950 then you have 95 times 2 which is 190. Then you add 190 and 950 and you get…

**Jack:**(interrupting) What do you get!??

**me:**I need to figure it out first before I can tell you, don’t I?

**Jack:**I guess…

**me:**So that’s 1,050 plus 90 so that’s 1,140. Ow.

**Jack:**Can we have a big party when I’m 100?

**me:**Of course! Am I invited to the party? (Yeesh, I’ll be 136? Quite a sight.)

**Jack:**If you want to you can come.

**me:**I guess that would be one big cake!

**Jack:**Maybe I should start baking it now, or in like a couple years? Then we would be all set.

**me:**What do you mean?

**Jack:**I can bake the cake now, and then we’ll be ready for the party.

**me:**You can’t keep a cake for 95 years. It would be rotten by then. Even if you froze it, it would not be good.

**Jack:**(mild panic) Then what should we dooooo?

**me:**Um, you don’t even know how to bake a cake, so why don’t we start there. You can help me make a banana cake. I’ll let you do all the steps until you are really good at it.

**Jack:**I can do everything, even the mixer?

**me:**Yes. But I’m going to watch you.

**Jack:**Then I want to make a carrot cake instead.

**me:**But that’s a bit harder, so why don’t we start easy.

**Jack:**What’s so hard? You put carrots instead of bananas.

**me:**(laughing) The recipe has a lot more steps and ingredients.

**Jack:**Wellll, I don’t know….

**me:**Let’s try and see, okay?

**Jack:**Okay, but maybe not tonight. I’m tired.

**me:**If you're tired now, how do you think you’ll feel when you’re 100?

**Jack:**Rested.

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