More from the “I could never make this stuff up” conversation files.
“Ema, what month has 32 days?”
“Um, sweetie, there are never more than 31 days in a month.”
“What about the calendar we left in New York?”
“The calendar that has the month with 32 days?”
“Are you talking about the Hebrew calendar* or the English calendar?”
“The English calendar.”
“Ok. Well, February has 28 days. April, June, September, and November have 30. The rest of the months have 31 days. There are no months with 32 days.”
“But Ema, which month has 32 days?”
Deep breathing. Wait. Something shiny is sure to distract her any second.
“Ema, does Abba not make a pishy for the whole hour he’s on the train?”
“No, I don’t think so. I’ll bet he tries to use the bathroom before he leaves his office. And there might even be a bathroom on the train.”
“Yes. Why don’t you ask him?”
“Ok. AM, there might be a bathroom on Abba’s train!”
“Really, Miss M? There might be a bathroom on Abba’s train?”
And indeed, there is a bathroom on Abba’s train. There is, however, no month with 32 days. In any calendar. (To my knowledge.)
* NB: Every month in the Jewish calendar has either 29 or 30 days. The are 354 or 355 days in year, so about every third year (7 out of 19, if I recall) there is a leap month to make up for the missing days. Unlike the Islamic calendar, where the 12 lunar months rotate through the seasons, the Jewish months stay approximately fixed; the Torah festivals are tied to the seasons and agricultural process.