math

mom: so, I bought four cases of coke today...

me: four cases?

mom: yeah, it was four cases for eleven dollars.

K : really? cause that's pretty cheap - I bought coke for a dollar a liter last weekend.

mom: yeah, but with the liter bottles you have to go get a glass and ice...

K: yeah, you wouldn't want to waste time doing that.

mom: so, as I was saying, I bought four cases...

me: wait, so, how many cans is that?

mom: I don't know, there's twelve in case...

K: really? because there's twenty four in a case of beer...

mom: so, what? then twelve in a case?

me: well, not eleven...

K: so forty eight cans...sheesh, and I don't even do well with my twelve times tables.

me: twelves? that's easy...eleven's easy, ten is like nothing...

K: no, twelves are tough. Like the eights, god, eight times six, eight times seven...it's the black hole of muliplication!

mom: so I bought four packs of coke today...

Comments

BabelBabe said…
I'm so confused.

And apparently I am not the only one.
Shelly Kang said…
I love hearing snippets about your mother. It's comforting to know that there is at least one adult out there in the world who has a somewhat decent relationship with their mom and enjoys being around them enough to just hang out and talk about things like how many cans of Coke they bought for $11. Consider yourself lucky! But I know you already do.
Amy A. said…
And this is why I keep coming back here.

The dialogue is excellent.
Poppy Buxom said…
Pshaw, 12s are easy! Inches to feet, man.

However, eights are hard.

Nines ... does your husband know the hand trick for nines?

And thus ends that comment I just said I was going to leave you.
Anonymous said…
There is a pattern in the 8 times table, at least until 80, pointed out to me by my 9 yr old son. Look at the ten column and unit column. Except for the blip of 40 + 48, it goes add 1 for 10 column, subtract 2 for unit column..
08
16
24
32
40
--
48
56
64
72
80

I wish I'd been taught the hand trick with the 9's before the age of 47!
Kerry said…
12's are the worst...
Christina said…
.. black hole of multiplication ..

He's right -- there's a part there that I just can't remember -- 6 x9, 7x8, 8x8, 8x9 ... It all gets foggy right around there.