Angela: Here we have a Borders gift card.
Megan: How much is it?
Megan: Whose is it?
Angela: It’s Daniel’s.
Megan: Can I have it?
Daniel (to Megan): You can have it. I’ll give to to Megan.
Angela: No. Stop being so nice to your sister.
Daniel: But I’ll never use it!
Angela: How do you know? You might find something at the bookstore.
Daniel: I never buy books!
Angela: You never know…
Daniel: Ok, fine. I’ll sell it to Megan for $5.
Megan: But I can’t buy anything with $5!
Daniel: Nooooo… I’m selling it to you for $5!
Megan: But $5 is too little to buy anything!
Daniel: No! I’m selling it to you for $5! That means you are getting a $10 gift card for $5! It’s half price!
Daniel: Megan doesn’t get it. Fine. I will sell it to you for 1 x 10 E negative 47.
Daniel: It’s a decimal point followed by 47 zeros and a 1.
Angela: Wow. Megan’s getting a deal.
Daniel (complaining to Angela): Megan is making me carry her gift cards.
Angela: You need to stop being so nice to your sister. She needs to do things for herself.
Megan: (perkily) But I bring so much fun and entertainment to Daniel’s life! Without me, his life would be boring. (Gives a big grin and thumbs up.)
Daniel: (glumly) Yeah… she’s right.
We go to the bookstore and run into the Nielsens. The kids spend their time talking to the Nielsens…and then we all go home — without any books.
[Editor’s note: Megan read this blog and pointed out that actually she knew what Daniel was talking about but she just didn’t know whether she wanted to spend her allowance money. Which just reinforces how her mother is being Dory once again (the forgetful fish from Finding Nemo), as just today Megan celebrated that she got a B+ on the toughest math class ever when almost everyone else got a D. Apparently her math skills were inherited from her father, not her mother, who cannot even comprehend what exactly a decimal point with 47 zeroes after it looks like.]