What comes after?

Amelie has been processing numbers today.  An earlier conversation concerned “Is four after three?”.  Yes, I replied, amazed and proud at her mathematical reasoning.

“Then I’m going to be four after three!”

A couple seconds later.  “Is five after four?…I’ll be five after four!”  And so on and so forth.

Tonight she picked up the conversation again, this time after counting a requisite number of bites at dinner.  (Ten was the magic number).

Amelie :: Is 10 after 8?

Devo and I :: It’s two after 8.  Eight, nine, ten.

Amelie :: One, two, three, four, five, seven, eight…hey! (indignantly) two is NOT after eight!

We concede.


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