So I am currently listening to the audio book of what I am referring to as “The Emperor’s New Clothes” The rest of the world is referring to it as “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff. It’s good and it’s making the side of my head ping a little bit.
I was a trepidatious about using my Audible Credit for this book, because I knew it would just make me mad, but considering I am usually listening while cleaning or exercising, I could just use the rage.
But the thing is, I don’t know to whom I direct my rage. I can rail and rant at the situation, but let’s be honest, I’m certain that my race, gender and age, not to mention socioeconomic status (really, don’t mention it, I’m kind of freaking out about that) puts me so far below the Trump radar I’m touching the magma filling in the hollow earth. (Earth Science +Conspiracy theory for the win!)
Let me make you a list of the things related to the current political landscape:
a) The false alarm nuclear alert in Hawaii
b) This headline from the New York Times:
Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea
c) The Department of Homeland Security Secretary is pretending not to know that Norway is full of Nordic types.
d) The President of the United States used language that denigrates two whole ethnic groups, and his cabinet seems to be okay with it.
In the middle of all of this I am teaching Math to Fourth Graders. I am not comfortable with Math, especially with these key concepts that lay the foundation for the rest of their educational careers.
We were working on the Order of Operations. I was explaining that, in this case, the rules are finite and will not change. One of my cherubs likes to be the dog at the end of the towel and asked, what if does?
I assured him that the only thing that would bring about a change in the law of Mathematics is a collapse of society and if that happens I will happily rise out of the desolate wasteland and send him a note attached to a Yak stating:
” You were right. The rules did change. Please keep the Yak as recompense for your time.”
I can’t be responsible for a missing Yak.