Saturday, June 13, 2009

SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER? Don't bet on it!

The Easton United Methodist Church is holding their annual Sunday School Picnic on Sunday, June 21st. There will be good food and lots of rowdy games. I have been asked to have 30 minutes of games that everyone, including the elderly, can enjoy.

I immediately knew just the game and have it prepared already.

I made up my own version of "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" I have tried the game out on a number of people.

I'm putting my money on the 5th graders. Oh, Yea!

My daughter, Kimberly, along with grandchildren, Riley and Rosebud, went to the Farmer's Market with me this week. Of course we bought a couple week's worth of fruit and veggies and I gifted each of the children with a small toy. I can't go to the Hartville Market without getting a hotdog so we had lunch.

Riley, who is undergoing braces, had a tooth extracted earlier and could only eat soup. As he expressed his discomfort I told him to be brave and thankful. His Mother had four teeth removed for her braces. Wasn't much comfort. HA

Riley will be in the fifth grade next year. His sister, Rosebud, proudly announced she will be in the third grade and get "letter" grades.

While we were enjoying lunch I took my game out for a trial run between Kimberly, who has a Master's Degree and her son, the soon-to-be fifth grader. Because I know some of the people who will be at the picnic will read this blog I won't share the details of the game. Suffice it to say that Riley almost "skunked" his mother.

Was Kimberly embarrassed? Not at all. Her only comment, accompanied by my laughter of course, was that she guessed she was getting a good return on her $14,000 a year investment in her son's private school. I agree!

It was so much fun that I ran the game by my wife Julie. She did marginally better than Kimberly. Julie is a consummate reader.

At a breakfast today, a treat of my son, Mark, I told him about his sibbling and nephew. He thought it was funny until I ran it by him. He is working on his second Master's Degree. He did about the same as Kimberly. It was so much fun.

When I came home, Renee, Julie's good friend, was there. I told her about the game and she agreed to play. She is from New York and holds a degree from the U. of Oregon. She was a bit better than Julie but chagrined not to be nearly as good as Riley, the fifth grader.

You might ask how well I would have done. Well, having that same thought, Mark asked me a question that few people would know. He was amazed, I think, that I knew the answer to his question.

I'm a reader, also, and I have travelled over a lot of the planet. I made the game up from information that I already knew. Ironically, when they were children I exposed Kimberly and Mark to first hand experience on some of the questions they missed. But it has been awhile and it is all still fresh in the fifth grader's mind.

Are you smarter than a fifth grader? If you're past the age of 30, don't bet on it.


Julie just quit planting flowers to shower and to accept her daughter's phoned invitation to come on over for a cookout in progress. Julie left the water hose turned on. Like a lot of 105 year old homes, our water pressure leaves something to be desired. She shouted "Walt, I'm naked and ready to step in the shower but I left the water hose turned on". I shouted right back, "Julie, you don't have to be dressed to turn off a water hose".

Well, now, I thought that was clever. I won't repeat the words I heard from Julie as I hustled down the stairs to turn off the water.

Dr. Carl Sagan:

"Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but is also judgement, the manner in which information is gathered and used".

God Bless!

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