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A knowledge-free zone!

July 27th, 2016

These kids. Ha!

Olivia and two friends were in the back of my car as we were driving somewhere. For some truly unknown reason, I started to hear them discuss the answer to eight times three. That developed into some exchanges about who knows their multiplication tables.

Then Evie said, "Wait! It's summer! Why are we talking about math?"

Jaycie: "Yeah! Who even brought this up?"

Olivia: "Yeah! We're not in school! This is a knowledge-free zone!" I don't even need for it to be summer for me to feel that way sometimes.

I entered the conversation and started pop quizzing the girls on multiplication. Because it was a game, they competed to answer first.

When I did the twos and threes, they were disdainful. "Um, the threes are so easy."

It was pretty funny to see the blank stares and pauses, though, when I asked what's 12 x 12. I could see the gears turning.

To my surprise, Olivia called out the answer first. This is truly amusing since Claus quizzes Olivia every day on her times-table. She HATES it. HAAAATES it.

On a good day, she'll cooperate reluctantly. On a bad day, of which there are more than we care to recount, there's obstinance, fussing, and eventual time outs.

And now she's proud the work paid off. Look how fun math is.

These nine year olds. So cute. I love talking with them. I love that they readily accept me as part of the conversation. I've got to absorb all this now before people turn into surly, secretive teens!

5 Responses to “A knowledge-free zone!”

  1. Mel:

    Hahaha! I love this!! She always has a wonderful time with you folks. I could just imagine them. It is awesome how 9 year old girls want to evolve their moms... I relish every moment because one day soon, it will end😔 thank you for having her. Can't wait for the next "mommy-time"... So much to say! 😘


  2. Diane Ako:

    Her friends are such good girls. They're always welcome over here. I'm thinking now that I'm becoming "normal" again (well, conventionally speaking LOL) I would let her have a slumber party soon. Like with more than one friend over. Wouldn't that be fun?


  3. N:

    Ohh treasure them now. I went with my dad everywhere when I was a kid, everywhere, and I was his little buddy. Then I hit my teens and I remember my dad driving me and a g/f and we both sat in the passenger seat, like he was my chauffeur. I am so horrified at my bad behavior now. Also I stopped going to all family functions like Xmas and Thanksgiving. I was just this sulky kid in the bedroom listening to KPOI and my record player. My parents knew nothing and I was so much smarter and mature. Ha!!! What an idiot I was. So so obnoxious!


  4. N:

    meant sitting in the back seat. oopsy


  5. Diane Ako:

    N, We are all obnoxious in our teen years!


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