Thursday, November 22, 2007

I am not as smart as a 1st grader

Well, I hope everyone in the blogging world had a great day. Ours was wonderful. Great food and great people normally equals a spectacular day and ours was.

After the leftovers had been put away and the dishes done and all of the guests went home, my son's friend, Ryan, came over and brought his mother's new game, "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?". This is a popular night time game show that my parents love, but I have never watched. It sounded like fun to play and I was interested in seeing how I did compared to the children in grade school right now.

There were 4 of us playing, my son, DSD's youngest son, Ryan and me. Ryan won the first game without ever giving me a chance. I knew a lot of the answers to his questions, Fe is the symbol for iron, 75 is an odd (not even) number... how hard could this be?

My son started the 2nd game and I should have known I was in trouble when his 2nd question (a 1st grade one) had the answer congruent. How exactly are congruent triangles taught in the 1st grade? Where are they taught in the 1st grade? Really, if you learned about congruent triangles in the 1st grade, please let me know.

It was finally my turn. I answered the first one correctly, it was not difficult. The answer to the second question was Louisiana. The question was 1st grade music. Do you have any idea what the question was on? Yes. "Oh, Susanah" The person singing was coming from Alabama and going where? I bombed it. There are a lot of things I remember about first grade, that was not one of them.

So, I am not as smart as a 1st grader. Oh, well, I would like to see a 1st grader negotiate the name change and benefits update I have recently gone through. Maybe they know the words to "Oh, Susanah", but I understand my 401k. Can a first grader top that?


andante said...

Don't feel so bad - we played the same game on Thxgiving evening and I flunked out of third grade.

Oh, I did better than you? Well - the question that tripped me up was also a music question...but I'm supposed to be an edgy-cated musical professional!!!!!

LeftLeaningLady said...

Well it is nice to know you edgy-cated people aren't smarter than a 5th grader either.

I am pretty sure I am buying the game for my parents for Christmas. they love the show!

andante said...

We can both take comfort in that my daughter, who graduated summa cum laude in May also did not make it past 4th grade.

LeftLeaningLady said...

I don't know if that makes it better or worse.

My mom did know that the singer was 'going to Looziana'.