Geometry

This weeks Photo challenge is Geometry. I won’t be posting an entry, because I simply can’t think of anything when it comes to maths. When I saw the title it made my heart sink to my shoes and my mouth dry. I immediately felt like I was 8 again and had to sit with math homework every weekend.

All these signs made little to no sense to me. And most still make no sense. With sheer willpower I learned a few multiplication tables. I can do 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 and 11. The other I don’t have a clue.

35 – 18 makes no sense to me. You can’t take 8 away from 5, so this can’t be done. This is one of the things I just don’t understand. I’ve never understood it. When maths got harder and harder I struggled more and more. I remember when I was studying to become a nurse I had to make an injection with X amount of one medicine and Y amount of another. My answer was “I’ll just go and ask a coworker.” as I had no idea on how to do it. (I got points for that question, because I knew my limitations and didn’t want to bring the ‘patient’s’ life into danger).

This is a picture of the things I usually have difficulty with. For instance; I have a hard time keeping track of the time. If a clock doesn’t have 12 stripes on, I can’t seem to tell what time it is and I’m usually an hour out. I need a clock or watch with all the hours on it.

I’m lucky in the sense that I have an eidetic memory. Which makes directions pretty easy for me. I can tell where I am and I know exactly where I’m going (most of the time) just by looking at the sun. I can point people to where they need to be without any difficulties, even in our new town. Left and Right is no problem for me. This because my mom has always had trouble remembering which is left and which is right. This resulted in many fights in the car between my mom and dad. So my brother and I had an old map in the back of the car and I was always looking on it to see if we were going to right way and if my mom didn’t tell my dad to turn the wrong way. I loved looking at the map, seeing where we were and it made geography one of my favourite thing to study.

When I worked in a butchery I learned by doing how to give people the right amount of money back. That is one of the things I can do very quickly and one of the things I’m most proud of. Despite my dyscalculia I know what change I need to get back and I know when a few cents in cash is handy for the person behind the register!

 

2 comments

  1. Arlene says:

    Hi, I found your blog by way of inspired2ignite and I’m enjoying your posts. I can totally relate to the difficulties you describe with math! If someone asks a math related question – even an “easy” one – I go blank. Literally have nothing come to mind. But, everyone who knows me knows this about me and I’m not shy about it. I put it out there — don’t rely on me when it comes to math! I have plenty of other strengths … math is just not one of them :)

  2. Arlene says:

    Hi, I found your blog by way of inspired2ignite and I’m enjoying your posts. I can totally relate to the difficulties you describe with math! If someone asks a math related question – even an “easy” one – I go blank. Literally have nothing come to mind. But, everyone who knows me knows this about me and I’m not shy about it. I put it out there — don’t rely on me when it comes to math! I have plenty of other strengths … math is just not one of them :)

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