Eli and Time’s Arrow

Eli lumps time into two big buckets: now, and next week. Whenever we tell him, “Your friend Josh can’t come over right now,” he says, “Can he come over next week?” It’s kind of like how dogs live in the eternal now.

That’s right, I just compared my son to a dog. It’s just the kind of loving parent I am.

This makes talking to him about time interesting. On our most recent car trip, he launched into his cover of the popular kid’s song, “Are We There Yet?” “When will we be in Memphis,” he asked.

“We’re almost there. We’ll be there in 15 minutes.”

“How long does 15 minutes take?”

The only answer I hit on was, “It’s like thirty nows from now.”

Eventually he’ll get a better concept of time. With luck, we’ll then be able to teach him to stay in his room while we sleep in.

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