Monday, October 22, 2012

He Did The Math

So remember awhile back when I wrote how Tommy got a C in math on his progress report card? He was so upset about it. The rest of his grades were As and Bs and all he wanted was to be on the Honor Roll. I reminded him that he had time to pull up the C. It seemed he was trying harder in math. And if he’s anything like me, he has to study HARD when it comes to math. I don’t get it. At all. I barely remember long division.

“It’s too bad I don’t have the Aspergers kind where I’m good at math,” Tommy sighed. He reads a lot of articles about Aspergers. He likes to read about how grown ups cope with it. He reads several stories about math geniuses and will go, “Why can’t I be a math genius?”

Anyway, he started to get better grades on math papers. None of them perfect, mind you, but I don’t expect perfection. Especially in math. But he’d bring home a lot of Bs and I’d tell him to keep it up and to ask for help if he needed it.

Well, last week I knew they’d be getting report cards. Tommy was worried about it that morning.

“What if I still have a C?” he asked.

“Then you’ll try again next semester,” I answered.

I was in the kitchen cleaning after school. Suddenly I heard a bang from the front door and Tommy shouted, “I DID IT!”

Honestly, it scared the mess out of me. Who? What? DID SOMEONE JUST BREAK INTO MY HOUSE?

But nope, it was my son holding up his report card. “I did it! I pulled up my C! I got As and Bs! I’m on the honor roll!”

“Woohoo!” I shouted, grabbing the paper. There it was. A B in math.

“It was hard,” Tommy said seriously. “Math is hard.”

“Math is hard. But you did it. I’m so proud of you.”

Tommy grinned. “I’m proud of me too!”


  1. Yay! I'm glad his hard work got him the grade he needed. What a great lesson for him!

  2. Super! as the French around here would say ... I agree math is hard!

  3. Math is THE HARDEST! He did great pulling that grade up. I love that he is so proud of himself!

  4. Good for Tommy!

    I loathe math and so does my oldest. They got their first nine weeks grades last week and he flunked math. Flunked it! The really bad thing is, he could not care less. He was all, "I don't know what the big deal is. I only failed by one point!" Grr... Congratulations! You got an F plus! Here's a gold star!

  5. Hey - congrats to Tommy! Yeah!

    I'm like you and Tommy.

    Math is hard. It's a 4-letter word!

  6. This it the best story. Is there something wrong with me that I'm sitting in an airport reading this and tearing up? AND I don't even know Tommy in real life? I'm going to go with PMS.

  7. Well done to him! I didn't do well in math until I was in my late twenties and realized it was just another language -- I simply had to learn how to "speak" it. Eh, it worked for me :)

  8. Yay for Tommy! That is awesome that his hard work paid off.

  9. Congrats! Sounds like a cool kid with a great attitude!

  10. That makes ME so happy! Good job!

  11. Awww! That brought tears to my eyes (and I don't even have PMS to blame it on!)! I LOVE how excited they are when they realize that they have accomplished their goal.

    WAY TO GO, TOMMY! I (and your parents) are SO proud of you!

  12. GREAT JOB TOMMY! Glad he can see his hard work paid off!

  13. Way to go Tommy! It is great to see kids work hard to reach their goals.

  14. Woo hoo for Tommy! The is nothing like seeing them work hard and acheive something, so wonderful. Congratulations!

  15. Long division is a pain in the butt.

    Way to go Tommy!

  16. That is just so awesome!!!! I hope you let him do something special as a reward for all his hard work!


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