Grown-ups loves figures. When you describe a new friend to them, they never ask you about the important things. They never say: “What’s his voice like? What are his favourite games? Does he collect butterflies?” Instead they demand: “How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much does his father earn?” Only then do they feel they know him. If you say to the grown-ups: “I’ve seen a lovely house made of pink brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof”, they are unable to picture such a house. You must say: “I saw a house that cost a hundred thousand francs.” They they cry out: “Oh, how pretty!”
… that is how they are. You must not hold it against them. Children have to be very indulgent towards grown-ups.
– The Little Prince