A Dimwit And You Know It

Are you a smart person? Reasonable? intelligent?

What if you thought you were, but due to living with truly intelligent people it becomes more and more apparently clear that you are one of the dull tools in the shed that have never been sharpened and are only used for menial, simple tasks?

What if important things need to be done, but you and everyone else involved knows that you don’t have the mental sharpness to get any part of it done reliably?

What do you do?

What do you do when the hard realization of the true lacking nature of your mind comes out and there is nothing to be said? You are asked why you can’t think of things, and right then and there you can’t even come up with a reasonable answer to the WHY!

Have you always known that quick responses were not one of your gifts? Do you bite your tongue when someone disagrees with you? Letting them go on and say their full and long drawn out piece without interruption, and still not have anything intelligent to say to defend yourself when they are done?

You feel like a burden. You know you are. It doesn’t help that you don’t have any useful skills for any of the areas that could do with help. Nothing you do is worthwhile.

I’m a mom. I am a good mom because my little girl is always happy and smiling. She is healthy, clean and growing fast.

I can keep a house tidy and have hot meals ready for the end of the day.

I work in the garden and take the dog for long walks.

Those are things I am happy doing and decently good at.

I virtually can not foresee potential problems. That right there is my biggest problem. I just don’t see them! When a problem arises, I can’t even come up with solutions at a decent pace.

When figuring out solutions is the demand for the day and remembering details (another thing of which I am terrible at) is leaving me baffled, it becomes very apparent quite quickly just how incompetent I am.

So there we have it out in the open. I’m a dimwit and I’m stuck like that.

Free Range Math

I grew up with wonderful parents who decided to home school my sister and I instead of sending us to a public school. That is the course that I would like to take with my little girl too, and it looks like already I have some support from other people.

Tee showing Marin how fun and colourful math can be.
Tee showing Marin how fun and colourful math can be.

Aye’s girlfriend Tee is a “free range” math tutor, making numbers fun for kids to play with instead of a mind numbing or frustrating chore to do just to get through their grades. Her students love her teaching, as she is able to pass on her love of math and learning in general.

Telephones; Curse and Blessing

Sometimes these come in handy, and that's why we keep 'em around.
Sometimes these come in handy, and that’s why we keep ’em around.

Brother-In-Law and the kids are gone for the week, leaving the house relatively empty and no-one but me to answer the phone. That’s no problem really, except that it rings a lot and is never anybody interesting enough to write a message down for. That’s no problem really, except that now I really don’t want to answer the phone anymore!

Today it was a good thing I DID answer it though! Unlike all of the other times where the caller is looking to find Brother-I-L here, instead this caller knew perfectly darn well that he wasn’t here. She started by explaining who she was (as I have never met her before) as a relative and as the person with whom Brother-I-L and the kids are staying with for the holidays.

Me: ???????????

One set of house keys got left in the house, and the other was given to Brother-I-Law so they could go off on their own adventures. Of course the keys that had been in the house were now locked in, leaving the house owners out in the cold after coming home from their ventures.

With only one cell number to try, they were not having any luck getting in contact with Brother-I-L, so they called here, hoping to obtain another cell number they might try. Two numbers and some great laughs later, I think they were able to make the necessary connections to get back into the house!