Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Arithmetic, math, whatever the newest term is, has been one of the sorrows of my life. From the time I was little math made it's business each day to see how crazed I could become while enduring math time, math class, math anything. (The word 'enduring' is not an exaggeration. It was torture. Every day.)
Now, of course, many many years later, I realize that I have some degree of dyscalcula. Numbers and I still loathe each other.
Which brings me to the letter X.
How I got into Algebra I - I haven't a clue. I think the last teacher just got tired of seeing my tear stained face and sent me to the big leagues just to get rid of me.. Math with letters. Umm...wait a minute....math (that's numbers right?).so when did the alphabet decide to join in. What fresh hell was this??
My precious letters, my alphabet, my word makers - had they forsaken me? Me who got a big fat ZERO in most of my math work throughout school, could read and write at the high school level in third grade. (Although I have to admit, there was a major abscence of any numbers in my stories.)
So, I sat down in this Algebra I class on the first day. I went with a heavy heart but determined to try.
I had my notebook, I had my pencils, my erasers - a whole pack, in fact). I was ready. I was willing. I was screwed.
There on the black board was the equation:
a(2) x 15 + 27B - X = 33
Solve for X.
Up went my hand. May I have the restroom pass please? (Since the teacher gave me the pass, with less than 5 minutes into the first day of the school year, I assume the old teacher had clued the new one in on my ongoing love affair with numbers.)
Out the door, down the staircase and through the hallway I went. And suddenly, I got a little spring in my step. I realized I may not know what the heck the number X looks like but I certainly knew where
"X marks the spot" - to the girls' bathroom.
Today, numbers continue to mock me, but so what? I don't remember one thing from that algebra class - BUT I can still tell you where every girls' bathroom was in Bryant High School!
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We are almost through the alphabet and will be starting a new round soon. So, why not give it a whirl and click on the link to the right to join in the fun of Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Jen Matlock.
Posted by VBR at 8:42 PM