Dear Grandad, In school our teacher teaches us maths and we learn about numbers and if you want to put them together you plus them with a thing like this + .
Like if you want to put 2 and 3 together you do 2+3 and that makes 5, if you get it right.
It’s like if you plus us all together it’s a family, like you + me + Mamaw + Mom + Daddy + my brother + my sister and my aunts and my uncles and my cousins and Buddy the dog= family.
And we learn in maths how you can minus a number. Minus is when you do this – . If you want to minus 5 from 9 here is how it goes 9-5 = 4.
And that’s like when you come see us and then you go home, like family-Grandad – Mamaw, and that = sad at our house.
And we are going to do division and multiplication but our teacher says next year.
Yesterday in maths she told us about this ∞. And it’s not two zeroes and it’s not a propeller and it’s not two doughnuts.
Do you know what it is? It’s affinity! And it is a lot.
They’ve been looking everywhere for the number , but they haven’t found it yet because it is so big, so they do that funny shape. Some of the people who discovered affinity don’t even understand it . But I do!
It’s more than all the candy and all the ice cream and all the macaroni and cheese and peanut butter in the whole world. And more!
I know what it is – it’s how much you love me and how many times you hug me and kiss me and that’s how I explained it to my teacher. She said I was right.
Grandad, affinity is a lot and it’s a long long time and it’s forever,
But more than that and past forever I love you, ∞ + 1.
Love +1, Your Grandaughter, Mary Rose
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