My little storehouse of knowledge, which wasn’t necessarily that large to begin with, is getting barer by the day it seems.
I forget little things. General knowledge kind of things that anyone who went past the 9th grade should know.
Now, I admit to not being the best speller. And I’m not a very good typist either. I’m also a terrible proof reader.
For me Spell Check is not just a tool. It is a way of life.
My trouble with getting the right letters in the right order often leads to some unfortunate errors in my writing.
However, vocabulary has never been a problem for me, and I did think I knew the difference between Peek and Peak and Hearty and Hardy, until I misused both words on this blog. A fact that I realized at 3:30 one morning while holding vigil with a sleepless baby.
Your have odd thoughts in the wee hours of the morning when delirious from lack of sleep.
Sometimes I forget how to spell every day words like tomorrow. Is it two Ms or two Rs? And have to think hard about whether to use through, threw or thru. I compound words that should be split, and split words that should compounded.
Just a few minutes ago I Googled, “When do you use a colon and and a semi-colon?” I had the rules switched around in my mind.
And the comma.
For, the, love, of, God, the, comma!
I can’t for the life of me remember all the rules about when and where to use commas, so I put one wherever I feel like one should go.
I am sure I often commit the cardinal sin of the comma splice, something I read about while researching colons.
I sat through more than a few English classes in my early years. I have a B.A. in Communication, and an A.A. in Journalism. I am quite sure I was taught this information. I must have even known it once according to the grades on my transcripts.
In fact, at one time, I earned a salary for knowing these things.
Where has it all gone?
Math, on the other hand, I never really learned, and it almost prevented me from getting those above mentioned degrees. In a Hail Mary attempt, I finally managed to pass prerequisite Algebra I in the last semester of college.
But I had basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division nailed down.
Or so I thought.
I was trying to divide 2,678 by 8 the other day long hand on a piece of paper, because I was too lazy to get up and find the calculator. But I couldn’t remember how. Once I got 8 divided in to 26 and subtracted the remainder, I couldn’t remember if I brought down the 7 and the 8 or just the 7 for the next step.
Sad isn’t it?
I will be of no help to my boys when it comes to homework.
I’ll be learning it all over again.
Right along with them.
Something that, as evidenced, is probably a good thing.