Let's Discuss Homework...

I didn't have the best algebra I teacher...

he probably shouldn't have been a middle a school teacher...

maybe not teaching kids at all...

maybe it would have suited him better to work with just numbers...where he didn't have to explain ALL THE THINGS and have to manage all the middle school boys shooting spit wads at him all day long...

now, I'm not here to bash my MS teacher, I'm just setting the stage for my life now and what has brought me to this lovely point of lamenting once again...

I get it...this new math is superb, wonderful, the new IN thing that will help our children think and understand and become the next President of the United States...

these are GOOD things, people..GOOD things...but it does not negate the fact that this 4.0 Math Minor has NO CLUE HOW TO HELP HER DAUGHTER WITH MATH HOMEWORK! It doesn't help that not only was I poorly instructed on what is now considered the "wrong way" to teach math, but it means that I'm just struggling to figuring out if I'm allowed to use the variable X in any explanation or if I should just draw pictures....

I, for one, would welcome parent classes on math for the NEW generation of students...

Currently I use KHAN academy...it's a great resource if you haven't discovered it yet...

I basicaly type in the lesson title of whatever it is the girls are studying in math and then get a quick little video tutorial before I proceed to bang my head against the counter with frustration at my lack of understanding...

but it's all good...

all good...

NOW...my FRENCH teacher was tres magnifique...

oh, how I loved French class...I loved the sound of the language...

I only wish that I wasn't so shy back then...

yes, you read that right...

I was shy...

I haven't always been the "center of attention, look at me I'm awesome, who-can-be-the-loudest-person-in-the-room" person that you see before you today...

40 years will do that to a person...

makes you a little gutsy to say the least...

And therefore, this is the reason why I have no qualms helping my daughter study Spanish...

LOUDLY, I might add...

In the kitchen for ALL to hear!!!

I don't know what I'm saying, but I love saying it...and say it I will...I will sing it, I will let the lilt of my voice soothe my offspring with their mother's helpful attempts...

it sounds a little French-ish, Spanish-y with some American drawl at the end...

it's lovely...

just trust me on this...

we sat for a few hours working on math and Spanish homework...oh the joys of being on THIS end of the homework...I don't envy her one bit...I paid my dues back then...I've cried my own buckets of tears over assignments that have no bearing on what I'm feeding my daughters for dinner tonight NOR what shoes I will wear tomorrow, but CRY I did...because back then, those assignments and tests were the END ALL!

Quite funny what time does to a person...and age...and a reality check...

I am excited for seniors, though...they have made it through ALL THE THINGS in high school...they may have suffered through Algebra and listened their way through Spanish or any other language (except German, I mean come on...that one I just can't bring myself to say it's "pretty"...you are hacking up things to make a sound!)

As you get older you start to prioritize and recognize what things matter most, what you are going to fight hard for and what you are ultimately going to let go, because let's face it...the TRUTH is you CAN'T have it all...but, you CAN LOVE what you HAVE! and LOVE IT WELL....

Justine has been instilled with a perspective on life that others haven't been fortunate enough to obtain...she has a compassion and sensitivity to things that others may feel awkward around...and yet, she has also been shown determination and dedication...

You will see by her images that her skin is flawless...her eyes sparkle with confidence...her smile is knowing & genuine...

She is a treasure!

Please enjoy a few snapshots from our time together...











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