Train of thought this evening:
Those clothespins from Michael’s are just the cutest.
I can’t wait to use them for the baby shower game on Sunday.
Should we declare a winner before we cut the cake?
Wait. What if there’s a tie?
What will I DO if there’s a tie?!
Maybe the two women could draw a Scrabble tile; and whoever has the closest letter to “b” for “baby” will be the winner.
I’d be the fastest at figuring that out.
I’ve been singing the alphabet backwards since I was nine years old.
Crazy teacher thought she could prove a point… Ha! I proved a point.
I wonder if I should blog about that tonight…
You see, what happened was simple: my fourth grade teacher was trying to illustrate the lesson that when someone develops a habit or learns a concept in a specific way, it’s hard to get the brain to “swim upstream” against that understanding.
Then, to make her point, she called on a fellow classmate and asked him to say the alphabet backwards. He furrowed his brow.
Fellow Classmate, “Z… … … Y… … … X… … … (q r s t u v w x) … W… (s t u v w) … V… (q r s t u v) … U…”
It was painful.
I began to squirm.
What if she calls on me? What if I can’t do it?
Never wanting to be an example of ignorance (*cough* perfectionist *cough*), I went to my grandma’s house after school that day and promptly began memorizing the alphabet backwards. You’ve never seen a nine year old so well prepared with either end of the alphabet!
My fourth grade teacher never called on me.
Neither did my fifth grade teacher. Neither did my sixth grade teacher. In fact, for the rest of my life, not one single teacher ever pulled this stunt on me. Neither has law enforcement, interviewers, reporters, Candid Camera or judge & jury. At 28 years of age, I am shocked that at no critical point has my life depended on my ability to quickly recite the alphabet backwards!
‘Cause I’m ready, folks.
Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A!
See? Told ya so.
I’m pretty sure that’s all I learned in fourth grade.
Now close your eyes and say the alphabet backwards. (You know you want to.)