I love helping Mini-Me with his homework at night…. I really do.
But there are SOME days…… oh boy, are there SOME days….
Last night, he had to do a math sheet, and he just wasn’t getting it. He’s a smart little bugger, but sometimes he gets himself tripped up on word problems. I think, somewhere in the middle of the sentence, he just forgets what the Hell he was reading and completely loses site of what he was trying to figure out in the first place.
Sometimes, having to explain the same stuff over and over again begins to get irritating. And sometimes, after a long day of work, and coming home to a puppy that often seems to be more wolf than dog as he incessantly gnaws away at my socks while I’m trying to explain this stuff, I really start to lose my shit.
But then, my little man says something that brings me back to Earth.
Last night’s math conundrum:
“Billy goes to the store to buy a new pen. He gives the salesman $5.00, and gets 2 dimes, 1 nickel, and 2 pennies of change. How much did Billy pay for the pen?”
Stud: Ok son, did you figure out how to do the problem?
Mini-Stud: Yup, it was easy!
Stud: Ok, so what did you get for your answer?
Mini-Stud: That’s not right?
Stud: No son, that’s not the right answer.
Mini-Stud: Hmmmmmmm. Ok, let me look at it and try again.
5 Minutes pass.
Mini-Stud: Ok, I got it!
Stud: Are you sure?
Mini-Stud: Yup, I see what I did wrong! That was a silly mistake.
Stud: Ok, hit me…..
Mini-Stud: Billy won’t buy the pen because paying $27 for a pen is stupid!