It is a sad truth that, despite six years of college, I cannot do math. I can show you where the math books are and recommend titles to you, but don’t ask me to complete one single problem because I probably can’t.
Last year I went to the open house at Eldest Son’s high school and met his science teacher (who happens to be this year’s science teacher as well). She told us parents not to lose hope if our child was a less than stellar student. She was living proof that your child can persevere because she apparently slept through all of high school and realized what she wanted to be after she graduated. Her inspiring story ended with her true confession that she, alas, still had to get through the third level of calculus and she was determined to do that someday.
I had to really think about that. The third level of calculus? Yeesh. I do have some pride and I’m not going to tell you all at which level of math I ended. Let’s just say that it’s nowhere near the third level of calculus.
I really don’t want to go through the rest of my life math illiterate so I’m starting over. I have purchased a book in the Dummies series and I’m going to start doing problems on my own. My goal is a bit more humble than the third level of calculus. I just want to know how to assist my kids if they need help in math.
Who knows? Maybe this will turn into a new chapter in my life and things will change because of my newly acquired math skills…
Nah. I’ll still be myself, just slightly better with numbers. Ask me what the Dewey number for math is. THAT I can do.