We celebrated Father’s Day yesterday afternoon with a great lunch at Wild Wolf Brewery, about 45 minutes from Lynchburg.

After lunch the boys wanted Fried Oreos for dessert. Since we don’t typically order dessert at restaurants, Peter said if they wanted it, they would have to pay for it themselves. They agreed to split the cost but didn’t get the exact figure until the server arrived with the plate of goodness.

Before they devoured dessert faster than lard can harden in an artery, I heard them ciphering and snickering only to discover they were discussing about Algebra. Morgan asked if he could take a picture to send to their Algebra teacher. When I asked why, he said,

*“We used Algebra in real life!”*

Here’s the email (with apologies to his English teachers) that accompanied the photo:

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Hi Mr. Giles! It’s Morgan and Jake! We used Algebra in REAL LIFE today! We have Fried Oreos at a price of 6 dollars for four cookies. Me and Jake split the difference. However. We did not know how much each individual cookie cost.

Then we used Algebra to find the cost of each cookie. It looked something like this

6 X

4 1

6

4X

1.5X

1.5=X

Algebra Was never so delicious, Mr. Giles!

*What Algebra teacher wouldn’t love that, right? *

*(Linking up a few days late with Ann, for Food on Fridays. By the way, Ann, we had quinoa a couple of weeks ago. The boys weren’t fans. Hmm, I wonder if I should have fried it and topped it vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup?)*

Love this! I’m impressed not only with fried Oreos (wow! That might be worth the calorie-splurge), but also the boys’ real-life Algebra story problem. I always hated those story problems, as do my kids, but I try to point out that they really are mimicking real-life, and algebra is something we use, whether we realize it or not.

But I hate math. (Shhhh….homeschooling parents try not to admit things like that to avoid attaching any stigma to a subject.)

My coworkers and I used to go to lunch together to celebrate birthdays. We were marketing girls. We did words, not math. At lunch, we split the cost of the birthday girl’s lunch – including tip. Watching us try to figure out the math for that was hilarious! Next time, we might have to text your guys to rescue us!

Deidra, I think that ticket splitting thing is uniquely female. I’ve never seen a group of men finish a meal go through this ordeal. I don’t think it’s because they’re better mathematicians, so what gives?

I spent a lot of time in Algebra wondering what in the world I would ever use it for.

You have proven me wrong…there is someone, somewhere how found it useful!