Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Walkabout Wednesday in the UK
Those of you who follow me on Facebook might remember that for our 31st anniversary, DL was in the UK for business, while I was stuck here, teaching English/Language Arts to recalcitrant high schoolers.
Meanwhile, he was in “Godric’s Hollow,” taking in the local color:
…and staying at this hotel in Ireland:
(These are not his photos…he is not back yet. I schnabbed these off of Google Images. He tells me where he is, and I look it up. Then I go through the stages of grief and loss at record speed so I can get back to trying to fit a camel through the eye of a needle, ie. getting kids to read voluntarily without complaining.)
Which brings me back to the point of the post.
My friend Marianne (she blogs at ‘We Band of Mothers’. I would love to be a mommy blogger because they are courted by all kinds of companies who want to give them money and free stuff. No one wants old lady bloggers because we aren’t moms. Well, we’re moms to older kids who aren’t cute and funny anymore, and honestly? I don’t want to know what funny things my kids are doing. It might creep me out) told us a story the other day about her first grader. He doesn’t like to read or write (Mare has her Master’s degree in English and writes professionally), but he got all his math for the week done in under ten minutes.
Here’s my response: See those pictures at the top of this post? That’s what mathy people get to do. They get to have cool jobs where they travel and see stuff and spend their anniversaries taking photos of thatched roof cottages to send to their jealous wives who never see anything but the inside of room 316. They plan to see the Tower of London with the poppy installation:
(also from Google images, because I never get to go anywhere cool)
…while the English major tries to make kids care about learning.
The funny part of all of this is that DL will willingly admit that I am smarter than he. I have not one, but two Master’s degrees, while he has a mere Bachelor’s. I am the reason we win trivia every Tuesday at Diamondback, and I have designed all of our flip houses, some of them increasing in value by almost 50%. And I could work for the NC Department of Public Instruction until I’m 69 and still not make $50,000 a year. Which (contrary to popular belief) will NOT get you a trip to “Godric’s Hollow.”
So, Mathy People, rejoice! While all of us who love reading and writing are trying to keep it between the ditches, take your mathiness and GO! Be an engineer! Be a scientist! Be someone who goes to the Tower of London and takes pictures to send back to your English major friends!
We’ll get over it.