Blogfest 2012 Prompt: A wish

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What would I wish to do that I’m not already doing or have time for?

Well, what I realized after having babies, when my written words were lost to the wind, was that I always would need some kind of creative outlet; even weaving, an entirely odd outlet for me, as I never have been any kind of crafty person. I can’t knit a scarf straight, and a crochetted baby blanket wound up a lop-sided triangle.

But what I did learn from that writer-turned-weaver experience was that I am indeed a creature whose survival depends on creative outlets. (Otherwise, I might have eaten my children alive, especially after their own creative outlets of making “poison forests” of whole packs of straws taped to the coffee table, or taking down all one-hundred plus books from my shelves to play “library.”)

I actually think I’d wish to be a mathematician. Rather, have the thinking kind of brain for something less creative, more orderly. Maybe then I’d be a more contented person if I was content with the predictable of  one plus one equaling two. I find some solace in the simplicity of my second grader’s math homework, and the fact that I can actually still help since it IS only addition and subtraction. And it all makes perfect sense!

Math problems are what they are, and for the most part can be solved. Unlike other problems in my life, like how my mother’s new pill prescription could wind up in the garbage so I get to peel through rotten bananas and chicken carcasses. Or my son breaking down into sobs not understanding why he can’t stay a kid forever.

Math is not weaving or writing. Its complexity arises out of order. Not chaos – illegible hand-written notes, or warps and wefts that can become, if not ensnarled as knitting or crocheting, messed up enough to be ripped out. Though I do dread the day my son may need help with algebra….

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9 Responses to Blogfest 2012 Prompt: A wish

  1. Jo Heroux says:

    Wow…math would never be on my wish list. Not that I hate it, I make do with what I have to know and with the aid of calculators, I manage to not mess things up. I don’t love it though and it bores me.

    I love the creative side of me…it’s at least 3/4 of my being. Everything I love is creative except reading and even that brings out my creativity. I read things I want to try to make or I read something and think I could write that better or differently.

    Interesting take and surprising to me, good job!

    • Sandra says:

      Yeah, surprises me too. I just sometimes wish my thoughts were well, a little more straight and narrow. like math equations. Maybe I’d sleep better:)

  2. That’s an interesting contrast, Sandra – I’d never thought of mathematics being orderly – but I’m not sure it’s always easy to solve!

  3. Mathematician? Wow –what a brave wish 🙂 I think I will stick to Engineer, though there were times when I wish I am a medical doctor …

  4. Kathy says:

    I can totally relate to wanting to do something like math. It is either right or wrong, black or white. I found I liked stuff like that when I quit art school. Math is right or it’s wrong and completely not personal. That is why I loved my job as an order clerk so much. Cool post!


  5. Jenn says:

    I think Math has always been a strong suit for me because math is not subjective, rather it is objective in nature. What I find really cool about math is there is often more than one way to arrive at a solution to a problem, but the solution to any given problem is always going to be a given value unique to that particular problem. That said– I love math– except when I had to study Base 7. Ugh.

    Cheers, Jenn.

  6. It takes a special kind of person to love math. I was a bookkeeper for many years and I finally gave it up. Unfortunately, I still tend to think like one so it never really leaves you.

  7. I have found that the order of weaving fits in with writing just fine. The warp and weft of your tale, even the accidents, snarls, or intentional design changes, are what make a tapestry and a story fascinating. As far as math? I had the dubious pleasure of home-schooling both my boys through much of their elementary school stretch, and if you made it through elementary school math once, you can do it again, just ‘do your homework’. hahaha

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