Remember those word problems you had to do in elementary school? Those "who's still on the train after it stops 4 times and lots of people get on and off" problems? I remember being pretty good at them (much better than at geometry!), but always wondered what the point was. After all, in real life, all you have to do is just LOOK at the train at the end and you'd know who was still on it, right?! Well, I finally had an opportunity to use my 3rd grade math skills. Take my test, and see if YOU can figure out the answer...
Mommy has 3 children and 4 animal pancakes left: a hippo, a tiger, a giraffe and a monkey. She's all out of lions. Big Sis likes hippos and lions, will occasionally eat a giraffe, but won't eat monkeys. Minnie 1 likes lions and monkeys, and insists the giraffe is a zebra. She won't eat hippos. Minnie 2 likes monkeys, monkeys, and monkeys and will sometimes eat a lion. None of the children admit that tigers exist. Pancakes can never, ever be cut.
Big Sis: "Mommy, can I have 2 pancakes 'cause I'm the biggest?"
Minnie 1: "Noooooo! Me get it! I'm TWO AND A HALF now!"
Minnie 2: "Eee, eee, ooo, ooo, me want 4, 5, 4 eee, eee, ooo, ooo's."
So, how do you divide up the pancakes??
Figured it out? Read on for the answer to check your third grade math skills...
Well, clearly Big Sis gets the hippo. And since she only has 12 minutes before having to catch the bus, and it's waayyyy easier to stuff 2 pancakes into her than play the "what else do you want to eat?" game while simultaneously getting her to comb her hair, put on her shoes and stop her from singing "na, na, na, na, na" at her sisters, she also got the tiger, delivered with my favorite quote from her old preschool teacher: "you get what you get, and you don't get upset."
Minnie 1 gets the giraffe, with a nod, smile, and sagely delivered, "Here's your zebra, sweetheart."
Minnie 2 gets the monkey. Just as the requests for "more, Mama, more!" reach a crescendo, smart Mommy whips out the boxes of raisins, which, in our house, strangely enough, are treated with more respect than candy. Once distracted by raisins, Mommy hides the evidence of the pancakes ever having existed, and offers bananas as the option for breakfast completion. Mommy has a martini.
And when the train stops at the last station, there are 3 full-bellied children and no animals left. Another meal completed.