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Runs in the Family

I sent a copy of Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature to my Great Aunt Ann. She complimented the book, reminded me that she has always liked figures, too, and then drew my attention to p. 11, where she noticed a blank space where she didn’t expect one. She wanted to know if that was intentional or “a goof”? I explained that it was intentional, but I understood why it stood out for her. Her brain was expecting the established pattern to continue and it didn’t. I loved hearing from her and hearing how she engaged with the book. She’ll be 88 this year and is still leading senior citizens’ tours because “it gives the widows something to look forward to.” I hope I am still critiquing books and traveling when I get to be her age. Go Aunt Ann!

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