Renche’s mother is a wizard in the world of maths and had always been highly esteemed in our house. I think if my father had to choose between letting us go without food or without math tuition, he would have gone for the skinny hungry option!
A mathematical truth: One plus one makes two. But sometimes two at once: the phenomena of twins! Like Renche and her brother Michal – two halves of a whole (or of two wholes…) Us non-twins will never really get it, I guess. “The basic mystery of sameness and difference.”
When a tiny miracle repeats itself, can we say miracle squared = _? Because that’s exactly what happened. Rensche herself is now expecting twins. Double times two! Or 2(1+1).
So let’s see… If x equals pink and y equals blue, we have a “multiple choice” question:
b) 1(x+y) +1(x+x)
c) 1(x+y) +1(y+y)
My money’s on option a!
(Renche, your mom will have to check these, I’m feeling awfully rusty!)