When my little nephews and nieces look forward to a certain event, they would count days depending on how many ”sleeps” they have to do.
Like if they know they’re going swimming on the weekend, we would say, ”you sleep 5 more days.”
Zion and I were talking through Skype one day…
Zion: Tita (auntie), when are you coming home?
Me: You still have to wait many days.
Zion: How many sleeps?
Me: Maybe two years. That’s many…
He shrieked in excitement and jumped up and down.
Zion: Yehey! Two days! Two more sleeps! (Counts with his fingers) I will sleep one and then two..
Me: Wait, wait… I said two YEARS, not two days.
He stopped and sat down. His radiant face turned into a puzzled look.
Zion: Two years?
Me: Yes, two years not two days.
He turned around and asked his mom.
Zion: Mommy, what is YEARS?
He looked back at me really confused.
Zion: How many sleep is YEARS?
I was speechless.
My heart melted seeing his perplexed little face.