Thanks for stopping in at my new blog. I’m happy you are here and very excited about my new look. It is appropriate that my first post involves my sweet husband. Bob is truly a gift from God for me. He supports me in everything I do. He even reads my posts before they go out just to keep me out of trouble.
Bob also is responsible for checking any and all math in this blog. Let me explain. Ours is the perfect marriage – Bob is the math/science/computer/handy-man guy and I am good at English. I know that seems a little lopsided; but let’s face it, if we could not diagram all the sentences that we speak and spell words correctly, math, science and all that other stuff would be useless!
So just in time for the start of my new blog, I had a math incident with Bob. I was writing my “About Me” page and thought it would be entertaining to throw in a math problem. I was looking for originality and I had not seen that done in any of the blogs that I follow. Besides, I feel an obligation to help my readers keep those mental faculties sharp. I chose an algebra problem – that was my first mistake.
As a little background, when I was homeschooling my sons, Bob believed that I could successfully teach them algebra. Bob was wrong, but he so believed in me that it took an act of God to convince him otherwise. At first Bob tried working with me to prepare me to teach our sons. My son, Joe, thankfully was spared by virtue of the fact that he was happy to teach himself. But that left poor Scott. Thankfully he is math-minded and I don’t think I did any permanent damage to him; but in the process, I was going out of what was left of my mind. I would often email math problems to Bob at work so that he could talk Scott through the problems. I enlisted Joe to help, too. Thankfully Bob wound up getting pneumonia and was forced to be at home observing first hand my feeble efforts to teach algebra. God is so good – he even used pneumonia for the good of our family. Bob became the new algebra teacher.
Back to my “About Me” page. I asked Bob if I had the algebra problem right. I did not. He told me I needed another equation or variable or something else – honestly I started glazing over at this point and went for a walk. Eventually Bob found me, got out the ladder and patiently talked me off of the roof. I’m still not sure that I have the math problem right, but Bob assures me that I do so that’s good enough for me.
I lost about an hour of my life over that stupid problem, so I hope you’ll click on over there and laugh yourself silly. I probably should have helped people sharpen their brains by having them diagram a sentence; but that seemed more challenging than a math problem, given the limitations of having to use a keyboard. Come to think of it, I could have asked Bob to design a new, sentence-diagramming-friendly keyboard. That would have taken less time.