Saturday, September 23, 2017
The Zero Problem
I have a zero problem. No, not zero problems - although that might be nice to try! It happens when I am thinking about large numbers that have lots of zeros. I know how much a house is worth, but I'm just as apt to say, "thirty thousand dollars" instead of "three hundred thousand." That last zero makes a huge difference! Some people are quite confused when I talk about numbers. My husband has learned about this little quirk of mine, and doesn't bat an eye when I rattle off a number that is off by a magnitude of ten. He calmly corrects the number and we laugh about my zero problem.
The other day, Trent was given cash as a payment. He brought home the large bills and showed them to the kids. Little Georgie's eyes got big as he looked at the money. "Hey Mom!" he excitedly piped up, "Can I have 6 of those?"
Um, what? That's an awful lot of money! When I asked him to tell me more about why he needed money, he explained, "I need sixty cents right now." Sixty cents... six hundred dollars... I guess I've passed on my zero problem and then some. Yikes!