by Daniel S. Irwin

In my early years of school, advanced math proved to be most perplexing as, somehow, the whole deal with ratios and proportions totally escaped me. It was kismet, something dictated by the gods, that I would never catch on and was destined to spend my entire grade school career in the second grade as nothing more than a total failure and a disgrace to my family. That is, until one afternoon when, on the way home from school, Marvin MacMichale, a moron of an oaf three times my size, sat on me and repeatedly, brutally pounded my head against the sidewalk. Three times my size? Yes, dear reader, day of days, I, at last, understood the concept of ratios! Unfortunately, my math woes were not completely over as, later that night, while watching a horror movie about a madman with a chain saw, I was instilled with a lifelong fear of division and subtraction.


Daniel S. Irwin, author of The Breakup and a 1980 "Write-In" Presidential Candidate, was abandoned by gypsies and raised in a capitalist commune. His work has been published in Krax, Moodswing, Zygote in My Coffee, Spin, and several other places.


Madam Z said...

Yep, there's nothing like an actual, physical example to demonstrate an abstract concept. If you're still okay with addition and multiplication, don't ever look at the contents of a petri dish full of bacteria, though.

Thanks for the smile. I feel at least three times better than I did before reading this.

Darcy said...

Who says math has no real world application?!? Enjoyed this immensely.

Baby Island said...

You and I, we are on the very same page with math. Evil, Evil math.

Very telling 6. If you had only posted it two months ago when I was struggling through my college algebra at 34, I would have posted this to my instructor..