Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Delusions of Grandeur

As I was going through Isabella's school folder the other day, I came accross this:
Now let me start by saying that Isabella is very good at doing basic addition and subtraction, but this,... well, this is a whole different ballpark. This is no 2+2, people! I can't even begin to tell you how amazed I was that she was doing this type of math. And to get an "Excellent!" from her teacher. I mean, WOW!

So I approached her while she was watching Sponge Bob (let the record reflect that this was my first mistake), and beaming with pride, I ask:

Me: "Isabella, did you do this?"
Without looking at me, she responds with a less than enthusiastic: "Yes."

Me: "Baby, this is amazing! You are adding and subtracting double digits here. And you got them ALL right!"
Again, with her eyes glued to the TV and barely acknowledging me, she says: "Uh huh."
 
Me: "Holy Cow, girl! This is a big deal. How did you do it?"
And maybe it's because I'm not letting her concentrate on her beloved TV show, or maybe it's because she's tired of me going on and on and on about it, or maybe it's because she thinks I should stop celebrating and looking and sounding like the village idiot, but she finally looks at me and says:"I did it with one of those things, you know... the thing with the numbers?!"

Me, now really looking and sounding like the village idiot: "You mean a calculator?"
Isabella: "Yeah, a calculator. Those things are the greatest. You don't even have to think or anything."

And just like that, without a single care in the world, she popped my visions of having my very own little Doogie Howser, MD.

6 comments:

Krystle said...

Hahaha! Let her know those things with numbers become real handy in high school with algebra and calc!

alison said...

the thank the Lord all the time for giving man the ability to think up calculators! i am living proof that someone CAN, in fact, get by with only a mildly working knowledge of math. seriously...i took "math for liberal arts majors" in college and got a "C-". is that even possible in someone with a functioning brain?? (and this was before kids so i DID still have a functioning brain!). you tell isabella to rock on with her calculating self ;)

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

lmao!! Kids these days, they sure are smart! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Liz, you always brighten my day with your blog!!!
Danyelle

Anonymous said...

Ohmygoodness, Liz....I am cracking UP! Such a funny story...
Lynn

Quilly Nilly said...

That was too funny. I was thinking you had a little genius on your hands too, adding and subtracting double digits and they were across the page; not up and down where you could cross things off when figuring. I'm still laughing at that....kids are really funny