Reason to SMILE #304: THE INFINITE KNOWLEDGE OF PRETEENS
I was taking a friend of my younger son home. It was late. The sky was hazy but the moonlight was still brilliant. My son was laid back in the front seat while his friend sat in the back. Both were silent – so silent I thought they had fallen asleep until…
Suddenly, one spoke up, “It’s a full moon!”
The other replied, “Why do we even have to know the phases of the moon? We don’t need that information.”
“I know. We have to know all kinds of things that we’ll never use!” said the first in agreement.
“Yeah. Like decimals,” the second said smugly. “When are we ever going to use decimals?”
At first, I was chuckling softly to myself but at this point, I was laughing out loud! Decimals. Let’s see. Balancing a checkbook, purchasing gas, purchasing anything, handling money, measuring, reading your car odometer, money. Did I mention money?
I futilely offered several uses to these two know-it-alls. They had an argument for everything. Finally, I quit trying.
One day, boys. One day. You’ll be needing those decimals but don’t come seeking help from. If you do, I’m afraid the only thing I’ll do is refer you back to this blog post and SMILE. 😉