My kid is a geek. There’s just no way to sugar-coat it, because, bless her soul, she is headed for THE Uppermost Echelon of Geeks.
And she can’t really help it – she comes by it quite naturally. She was created by an Accountant and an Engineer. Two geekier parents would be hard to find.
I was reminded of her total and complete geekness yesterday when I told her to go play by herself for a few minutes while I finished up what I was working on. When I came to find her, I didn’t find her dressing her dolls or playing with her Princesses…
I found her, sitting in the kitchen floor, studiously yet blissfully taking down all of the pictures off of the refrigerator and sorting them out by family, neatly giving each family their own square of tile floor:
She was actually quite apologetic that she put Luke and Aubrey in the same square (bottom center) because she couldn’t find matches for them, but she figured since they were brother and sister, they could share a square.
Poor thing. She is destined for a life of accountancy. And furthermore, she’ll absolutely adore it. Just like her Momma.
Because truth be told, sorting pictures looked pretty excitingly fun to me, too.
That being said, her latest geeky interests (i.e. her favorite “games” to play) have been addition, subtraction, and “what happens if you mix this color and that color?”
So, for a fun-filled
geekfest learning experience (and since everyone else is starting back school which made me feel like we needed to return to the school groove ourselves), I combined her current loves, and told her that we were going to have the most geeky fun ever, and do Color Addition!!!
She, of course, squealed in delight at the sound of this most excellent game.
I got out her Play-Doh and a huge piece of paper, and then thrilled her socks off by telling her that she was going to get to do something I rarely encourage: MIX up her Play-Doh colors.
So we started off by putting pieces of Play-Doh on her paper, and then mixed them until we got the color we wanted, and wrote the number of pieces it took to get our colors. We did the basics:
And then I had her start guessing as to what color she THOUGHT we were going to make. I learned that she has a very vivid color imagination.
(Personally, I think God SHOULD have made it so that red + purple + green + yellow + blue + green + black made gold. That’d be pretty awesomely creative.)
But, of course, color addition paled in comparison to her favorite play-doh pastime, decorating Christmas trees. So all of our color addition samples eventually ended up here: