God gives us children to grow us up. He gives us siblings…

August 10, 2011 at 11:51 pm 2 comments

…to teach us things we never knew? Make up for our deficits? Or maybe just to tease us?

Let me think quickly about my worst/least favorite school subjects.

Geography, as long as we mean knowing where things are and the names of them. Origins of culture I find interesting. States and capitals, not so much.

I never cared much for spelling.

And science – well, occasionally it was cool but I despised chemistry and would always rather be doing something else.

The Small One loves all of the above, apparently. Her favorite dinner game? “Spelling Bee!” (Can you spell TROUBLE?) Her next favorite game is “Geography”, which thankfully turned out to be more of a word game. (I say a word, you say a word that begins with the last letter of mine, etc). It’s called geography because we often limit it to physical places. But she also has a huge and simplified world map in her bedroom, with the names of oceans and continents and (some) countries on pieces of felt that she can take on and off and put in their proper places. Animals, too, so we all know where kangaroos live.

You know where this is going. The other night, right before bed, it was “Let’s play the game where I take things off the map and you put them back!” (Usually, we take them off and she puts them back on; she is very good at this).

“Not tonight,” I hedged. “I’m sleepy, I took out my contacts and can’t see a thing, and I don’t like this game anyway.”

But she begged and pleaded and would give me no peace till I agreed to let her take one thing off the map if only then I could go to bed. She gave me New Zealand.

I stuck it in Europe.

(In my defense, I knew it didn’t go there, but Australia was down by my foot and I didn’t feel like trying to find it when I couldn’t see. And Small One felt smug that I got it wrong anyway.)

The latest?

This is My First Microscope from My First Chemistry set. Yes, I was called upon to do this with her yesterday. Yes, I found it hugely ironic. (Melody and I got together to do microscope experiments, so we could bribe ourselves with singing and rehearsing afterwards. This was in 10th grade). Yes, I really wished my chemistry-loving roomie was there.

I’m considering moving somewhere far away so people A) don’t laugh at me and B) don’t expect me to be a genius too.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Annie  |  August 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    hilarious that you call your little sister the small one. i took to calling my brother little one a couple of years ago to emphasize that he was my little brother. in retaliation, he christened me littler one, because i’m shorter.

    anyway, i think what’s cool about siblings not being the same as each other is that their strengths complement. the subjects you say you don’t do well at are those your sister really enjoys. my brother and i are similar. i got the imagination and a good memory for random information, so i’m the writer and historian; he got the practicality, and he’s going into the medical field. might i feel inadequate if my brother becomes a doctor and i only got my b.a. or m.a.? perhaps, at times. but it isn’t the letters that come after your name that count; it’s how you use what you learned when you were in the process of earning those letters, and how you worked together.

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  • 2. singamelody  |  August 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    You know, if you really didn’t know much about geography, but used some logic to find where New Zealand would go, you should have put it in the USA. Because there’s lots of other “New” states here 😛

    Somehow I feel like her version of My First Microscope might teach her more then we learned in 10th grade, lol. Oh wait, I was a senior… well. We’ll let her be the scientist.

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