A to Z Challenge 2016 · education · Uncategorized

X = the correct answer…


Have you ever wanted to just randomly mark
boxes with X2016‘s when filling out forms?

I have but have never done so.
When presented with those tedious forms with endless questions,
I always try answer to the best of my knowledge
and put the X2016 in the correct box.
Although, lately my knowledge is getting hazy.

When I was in junior high and high school every couple
of years, we took IQ tests that took hours.
All those questions and little boxes to put anX2016 in.
I did my best, reading and considering each and every question
before putting  an X2016 where I thought it should be.

One year a fellow test taker randomly placed his X2016‘s.
Just marked boxes with no thought at all.
His parents got a call to see the administrator of the test.
They were kind of freaked out.
What was wrong with their son?
Well, turns out his test scores showed he was a genius!

Now this kid was…shall we say special…he marched to his own drummer,
often getting into trouble at school and minor skirmishes with the local law.
It was decided all this trouble was because he was so far ahead
of his peers and teachers that he was bored beyond imagining so he acted out.
He didn’t say a word to anyone about how he answered the questions
he just went along with it thinking that adults can be played for fools.
And play them he did.
He could leave a class if he wanted, and did,
he was often asked for his opinion in classes by the teachers,
and he gave it,
(I think some teachers were on to him)
his parents were told to let him come and go as he wanted.
(They tried to reign him in but hey he knew how to play the game)
He was the golden child having a great time.

It wasn’t until the next time the test was given that he was found out.
Same strategy with very different results.
The school was shocked!
What happened?
Was he fooling around with this test?
No, he tried his best this time and the test
showed he was a kid with normal intelligence.
He fessed up to what he had done on the first test
laughing the whole time.


Maybe the next time I go to the doctor and have to
put X2016‘s in all those little boxes, you know the ones;
do you or anyone in your family have or ever have had…
I think I’ll just mark them randomly.

That’s my post for the letter

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52 Weeks of Gratitude · education

Life is an education…

52 Weeks of Gratitude
week 25

I have had little formal education.
My education has been from life experience,
on the job training and my love of reading.

Books have taught me many things and taken me many places.


I am so very grateful to my elementary school teachers
who gave me what I would need in life when they taught me to read.

When I was young I read whatever caught my eye.
Sometimes I would go to the library and just randomly pick books.
Some I didn’t like, some I didn’t understand much of the content.
Most I liked and learned from.
Some I fell in love with.

These days I read less to learn and more for pure pleasure,
but still I learn.