I’m still being buried by 6th grade math.
But this time it’s unit multipliers. Good grief! Oh my goodness! And what was Mr. Unit Multiplier thinking?
So, I sit with Katya trying to get a grasp on her math lesson of the day. And I’m beyond patient, people. Beyond. As I explain that …
12 inches over 1 foot = 1
36 inches over 3 feet = 1
3 feet over 1 yard = 1
Because of this, you can multiply a unit multiplier by ANYTHING and STILL come up with the very same number. It’s like magic!
Pause for a moment and be impressed with my math skills, folks. Okay, now that we’ve done that, let’s get back to the real issue.
My patience. And the fact that I KNOW that unit multipliers get a lot harder. A LOT harder. Converting from inches to centimeters, and pounds to kilograms, and miles to kilometers. Oh. My. Goodness.
Overwhelmed with the enormity of it all, my patience dwindles. I take a deep breath, pray, smile, congratulate her on the good work she’s done, and call it a day.
I don’t always get it right, but tonight I did. I could have pushed and pulled and dragged her up Unit Multiplier Mount Everest. But not without and oxygen tank … and harsh words. And my friends, I’ve learned that harsh words get us nowhere. When patience dwindles, give a soft answer and call it a day.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1.