Most Important


She pulls up a stool to the desk in my office.

“Okay, so I did these ones, but I don’t get this one.”

In front of us on her Chromebook screen is a bridge, a series of parabola problems, and pages of math that is almost out of my reach.

“This is just like the ones we did the other night,” I tell her, jotting the formula that Google had given us.

That was the night, we started out kneeling at the the side of my bed and – problem-by-parabola-problem – slowly slipped to sitting side-by-side on the floor as the minutes ticked toward midnight.

“Math is the most important,” we’ve said all along.

And today is no exception.

“We have, like, six more problems left.”

“We?” I shoulder her with a smile.

She scrolls down to the next one. Another bridge.

Her fingers fly and her giggles grow as we sit side-by-side at the desk. She’s got this.

And yet still she sits stool-side.

Turns out this, this is the most important. Math is just a bonus.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. TalaTimes says:

    Most definitely more important! This is a sweet story, thanks for sharing!


  2. eddiehren says:

    You have no idea how much I relate to this! You capture it so well! This really hit home, in multiple ways. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Abigail Lund says:

    I hate math homework. I am so glad that this doesn’t create havoc in your household. I am a math teacher but I do not assign math for this reason. Most families spend their nights working on it rather than spending quality time together.

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