Thanks to my math teachers

Just a quick, random thought here. I’m putting together a grocery list and, in the process, combing the weekly sales circulars. The Wal-Mart Superstore will match any advertised price on items as long as it’s not a “buy one get one free” or percentage-off type of offer.

That said, this is why I’m thinking of all the math teachers I had in school. If it weren’t for them, I would not know how to figure out which is the better deal here:

A. 2 pounds of blueberries for $2.99
B. 5 pints of blueberries for $5.00

Okay, granted, searching for convert 1 pint to ounces helped me get there quicker, but I had to know that was my dilemma before I could start googling, you know? Truthfully, until I went to college and had a wonderful teacher who wrote everything out on the board, higher math remained a mystery to me. I started getting straight A’s in algebra thanks to that teacher’s aid to my visual brain. Do I remember most of it now? Heck no!

However, the every day math, the grocery-shopping math…That I learned in grades K-12, and that I do remember. As my husband can attest, I do some really funky things with numbers sometimes, things he gets a real laugh from, but I do know how to arrive at most calculations even if I do make errors in my arithmetic itself.

So thanks, all you math teachers who almost daily faced my sullen countenance for epochs of my life…I hated your classes back then (I really did!), but appreciate you now!

…Even if I do know pi pie are round, not squared.

Speaking of pies…About those blueberries. Assuming 1 pint = 16oz, A = $1.495/lb and B = $1.00/lb. Go for the 5 for $5! This entry took me a long time, because of the aforementioned funky math. I knew what I needed to do, but made it more complicated than it needed to be. Still, I figured it out eventually! Couldn’t have done it without math! If nothing else, this entry should show you one thing: Pay attention in math class, or you will end up like me! 😉

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