I was pouty when I needed my husband to help with a couple of my son’s geometry questions. Math is outside of my realm of expertise, but I figured I could hang in the homework circuit through elementary school. I didn’t expect to call in a pinch mathematician in third grade.
Well, turns out, it could be worse. I could, hypothetically, be unable to figure out one problem on my kindergartener’s math homework!
Reckless is in a “Math Stars” program, so she has special assignments for math each week and I got stuck on one this time. Hypothetically! I looked at it for twenty minutes and still had no clue. My husband had cackled when I called for help with our son’s homework, so this level of disability would surely entertain him.
I consulted with another academically gifted person in this house first, to save some marital embarrassment/ammunition. Brainy wasn’t sure how to solve it either, making me feel a little better. We both assumed we were missing something obvious and fundamental that his dad would point out when he got home.
But, no. My genius husband didn’t know either! That made me feel WAY better. If he couldn’t solve it; it was virtually insolvable. We turned in the assignment today with number 7 blank. Maybe it was a test to smoke out the next Albert Einstein. In which case I can report he/she does not live in my house.
Technically, I didn’t show Stretch the problem, but while discussing her upcoming field trip on the way home from church Wednesday night, I said the play was going to be downtown and she asked, “Is that in the United States or no?” We may keep her on basic counting for now, so we have time for some remedial geography lessons.
Anyway, when there are news reports about how bad other nations are beating us in math and science, I just want you to know they mean me. And my mom. I blew it. I put every ounce of intellectual energy into language and arts and now I make nary a dime because of it. But hopefully all you left-brains will keep supporting us right-brains because we’re fun to have around.