One night last week Effie was sitting next to me squiggling away on a tiny piece of paper by flashlight. I noted that she had a small calendar next to her but otherwise I had no idea what she was doing (the hockey game was on, I was ignoring her). When she was done she told me that she had just written out all the money she could save between now and September when we hope to go on a big trip - a trip she very much has her sights on. I thought her circles (coins) and fancy rectangles (bills) were not only pretty cool, detailed and innovative but also represented the way she processes such things. This was more than just adding, it was her way of determining how long until September and how much she could save between now and then through the act of doing something that she enjoys - drawing.