Sari's nursery was visited by mice today. In a cage, thankfully. It was part of a lovely program they're having where every week Adina brings another animal to talk about. Last week was the guinea pig. So Sari was telling me all about today's visit. An excerpt:
Sari: We had a mouse today in school. Adina said it don't bite so don't worry.
Me: Oh, that's good. What color was it?
Sari: They were white.
Me: They? Was there more than one mouse?
Sari: Yes, three.
Me (seizing the teachable moment): Mmhm, three mice.
Sari (patiently demonstrating the math concept with her fingers, and simultaneously attempting to explain the irregular plural form of mouse): No, no. You say two mice, one mouse - so that's three mouses!
Update: This Shabbat, after reading her class newsletter, I discovered there were actually only two mice. She only thought there were three because, well, two mice and one mouse make three! They were white so she was right about that :)