Bouquet of flowers on my dining table.
I am so glad I am done with college. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Hawaii. I also pursued a Master’s degree in Music at Columbia University and later pursued a teaching certificate at UH. If I had focused on one subject and one subject only, instead of spreading myself so thinly, I think I would have been better off in terms of a career.
One horrible subject comes to mind: Mathematics. Imagine third grade math at Manoa Elementary School. Once a month, Miss Hirata would divide the class in half and make us compete at the blackboard, trying to solve math problems quicker than the other team. Oh, it was just awful. I could not figure out word problems, requiring reasoning. If you gave me all day, I probably would have been able to solve each problem. But, I was under the gun to finish in a few seconds. It was agonizing!
“Hurry up, Gigi,” my team mates would yell. “We are losing because of you!”
Aaaargh! I hated myself, because I was so stupid and slow. Somehow, I managed to pass third grade and was promoted to fourth grade.
Other than addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, why is advanced math necessary? I have no need for algebra and plane geometry in daily life. Why torture people like me, who choose a job that does not require advanced math?
At any rate, David is a retired accountant and comptroller, so he is the one who does all the shopping. He retains prices in his head, gets the best value for the dollar, and challenges the cashier when she rings up the wrong price. He is amazing.
And, of course, we all know that Maria is a high school math teacher and chairman of the math department.
I am sure glad that David and Maria compensate for my numerical disability. I am so proud and happy to have such a wonderful husband and daughter in my life.