What Infinity Looks Like

My nephews are in their car seats in the back. Matthew asks Daniel a rather lofty sounding question. “Daniel, Do you know what infinity looks like?”

Daniel answers, “No.”

“Infinity is an eight squashed on its side.”

A minute later Daniel calls out to Rachel in the driver’s seat, “Mom?”

Rachel looks up at the rear view mirror, “Yes, Daniel?”

Daniel repeats Matthew’s question, “Do you know what infinity looks like?”

“What does it look like?”

Daniel starts, “Infinity is . . .”

Chris, the oldest, pipes in, “It’s an eight squashed on its side!”

Daniel isn’t bothered by the interruption. He just seems to have wanted to make sure that his mother knew.


Matthew got a ring from the vending machine at Azteca. He wears it constantly in spite of how it turns his finger green, or more likely because of how it turns his finger green.

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