Surrounded as I am by people immersed in the practice of math and science, no one really understands the fact that whenever I see any kind of numerical statement or mathematical equation, my brain processes this information in the same way it would if everyone around me spontaneously started speaking in tongues. Which is to say, not at all. Seriously, the world might as well be run by The Great Gods Of Random Syllable Generating for all the pathetic lack of understanding I can muster when faced with math.
I’ve been pretty much resigned to my solitary fate, but then the other day I saw a billboard that gave me a tiny glimmer of hope. Unfortunately, despite the hour I spent driving up and down I-285 last weekend, the actual physical billboard seems to have disappeared into The Ethers Of Stuff That My Engineer Husband Will Probably Accuse Me Of Making Up. But I swear; this is what it said:
âˆš 7,000,000 /Pie x Yellow=
And I thought, “YES! Somebody understands me and my pain!” Because that is what every single math problem since the 8th grade has looked like to me.
Now granted, it was a Chick-Fil-A billboard, with the cows telling all who passed by that they had to solve this equation before they could eat a burger.
But STILL. For that one moment, I was no longer alone.