It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Riches untold

864729_lucky_numbers_1“Here’s some apples for Nissa.” A small heap of apple bits pours onto the table in front of the girl.

“And some apples for Noah.”

“One, two, free, sebben, TEN!” He’s at that endearing stage where he knows that numbers and actual quantity are somehow connected, but just exactly how is still pretty fuzzy.

As Noah ‘counts’ his apples, his pointer finger waves vaguely over the heap. There is no one-to-one correspondence in this boy’s life just yet, either. “Free, two, five, sebben, TEN!!”

First the rote counting, then the one-to-one. Everything in its season.

Noah continues counting, because really, there are a lot of small apple pieces in front of him. He understands that much.

“One, two, free, sebben, free, sebben, TEN!!!”

But somehow, he’s not encompassing the masses of apple bits, and he knows it. “Free, sebben, TEN!!”

Nissa’s been taking in his dilemma, silently. (Rather astonishing for the river of verbiage that is Nissa.)

Noah tries again. “One, two, one, two, one, free, sebben, sebben, sebben, TEN!!!”

Nissa sits up and throws her arms wide. SHE has the solution.


Startled at first, Noah’s face brightens. “Touzan?”


Noah beams at Nissa, at his pile of apples, and declaims along with Nissa. “Touzan!!!”

“Touzan!” Now THAT’S a number!

September 29, 2009 - Posted by | Developmental stuff, food, Nissa, Noah | , , , , , ,


  1. Awwwwwww! A thousand hugs to both!

    Comment by Jess | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. We were playing with numbers at the dinner table and wanted 2yo to count: “Count to ten and then we’ll get our cookies.” He got a glimmer in his eye (I know it well) and then counted, “One Two, Six, Cookie!”

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. That IS a number.

    We’re at the rote stage. Marie ‘gets’ one and two, sometimes three, but after that it’s all a mystery to her. She’ll see six things and count all the way up to fourteen, just for the fun of it.

    Comment by Mwa | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  4. Wow, look at her skipping right over that usual “biggest number” HUNDRED and going right to touzan! Math prodigy you’ve got there. 😉

    Comment by Ms. Huis Herself | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  5. Adorable! Touzan…love it!

    Comment by Bethany | September 30, 2009 | Reply

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