I was an awesome algebra student in high school and college!! (We won't talk about geometry.)
It just made sense to me.
In fact, in college, I had an 8 am algebra class where the professor took the first 30 minutes going over the homework from the class before. I started showing up at 8:30 because I didn't need the extra explanation, but I could always use the 30 minutes of extra sleep. (Still can.)
However, I can honestly say that I don't sit around figuring algebraic equations for fun now days.
So, when my son, Colby sends me a text all in a panic not knowing how to do his homework (He was at his dad's), I wasn't worried.
...Until I saw the problems...
...and I drew a COMPLETE and utter blank...
(So much for KNOWING this stuff...)
Thankfully, I am a tech savvy woman that knows the answers are online if you search... and searched, I did.
But guess what?
Once I found the answer, I knew I couldn't just give the answer to Colby (the teacher in me wouldn't allow it.)
So, we Skyped.
I walked my brain down a path that used to be well trodden.
I admit... The weeds had definitely overtaken it. I had to look hard to even see that a path was still there; it was so overgrown.
As I pushed my way through though, it slowly revealed itself and I was explaining those equations to Colby without hesitation.
...And it felt good...Knowing a part of me that I used to be so proud of, was still there, buried deep inside.
I know that pathway will continue to be cleared out throughout the next few years of middle school and high school.
I wonder what other things I haven't thought about for over 25 years will need to be pulled from my dusty files???
Winter is coming and I feel it in my bones.
5 days ago