The Pleasures of Classification

IMG_0282, originally uploaded by Box and Arrow.

This, the first Christmas tree Amelie has had the pleasure to decorate, also was a lesson in classification. Her system was to place like items together: all small gold balls on one branch, all big red balls on another. All adults know it’s important to scatter evenly, yet I can’t fault her as 90% of her books are about matching like to like. Hmmm…

A good reminder of how much systems depend on context.

I left the tree that way, btw.

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    Keith Instone

    I guess I never “learned” how to decorate a tree the “adult” way – Amelie and I do it the same. Christmas ought to be the time when we all think like kids. Thanks for leaving the tree the way it should be – the way the kids want it.

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