14 years from now
Jack: (talking to me from his bubble bath) Mom, what’s 60 divided by an hour?
me: Ummm, I don’t understand the question.
Jack: Take 60…and then DIVIDE…by an…hour…
me: (laughing) Just because you say the same thing slower, it doesn’t mean I’ll understand.
Jack: Eh, it was worth a shot. So what’s the answer? Wait…you don’t have to answer me now. Just think about it and answer me in 14 years.
me: In 14 years. You want an answer. To the question I don’t understand.
Jack: Oh you’ll understand it by then I think.
me: When you’re 20?
Jack: (doing the math in his head) Yeah! I’ll be 20! And there will be some new math out then that will help you.
me: New math?
Jack: And there will be new protein matter then too.
Jack: Yeah. There will be a whole lotta new stuff, so you can use that to figure out the answer. Don’t forget the question, okay?
me: What’s 60 divided by an hour…
Jack; Yeah. I have other questions for you, but that should be enough for now.
me: That one will keep me busy for 14 years, eh?
Jack: Welllll, by then you can probably go back in time and tell yourself the answer right now.
me: I’m getting a headache.
Jack: That’s exactly what you said in the future! (he shakes his head and continues to hold a toy under the water, let it go, and watch it sploosh through the air.)
me: You’re starting to freak me out.
Jack: It’s okay Bubby.