It was a childhood with a lot of singing.
Maybe it was because we were on the go so much and I love to sing in the car, but whatever the reason, My Girl and I did a whole lot of singing together over the years. I never gave it a lot of thought – it’s just a fun thing to do and why not make everyday life fun? So we sang. Did I mention we sang alot?
Of course, this was one of the first songs
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are gray…
And then there was the Sesame Street phase
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me…
And the Little Mermaid movie phase
Bright young women, sick of swimmin’ ready to STAND…
And, quite memorably, the Oldies in an Elmer Fudd voice phase
Ohww, I’m a beweever, I couldn’t weeve herw if I twyed…
And perhaps I imagined that one day that My Girl would grow up and have kids of her own and that they’d sing in the car together and that the same enthusiastic combination of travel and song that I got from my dad would continue on to another generation. That would be nice.
Never did I imagine that all of this singing would result in a math lesson about calculating slope.
Do you remember how to calculate slope? Yeah, me neither. I know that once upon a time, I memorized this formula for a test:
And promptly forgot it shortly thereafter, which makes my “A” in algebra seem kinda useless, really.
They say there is a connection between music and math, studying music makes you better at math or maybe it’s the other way around. I don’t really know, but one day you have a 2-year-old in a car seat singing the Hokey Pokey and before you know it you’re standing there with a grown-up who is graduating with a degree in Math Education.
And then if you’re a really lucky Momma, the 2-year-old still lives within the grown-up and does something wildly creative like The Slopey Slopey Song.
My Girl made up the Slopey Slopey Song to teach the slope formula to her algebra students. Set to the tune of the Hokey Pokey, it goes like this:
You take the y from the second
minus y from the first
divide by x from the second
minus x from the first
you do the slopey-slopey
it’s just rise over run
that’s what it’s all about!
The amazing part of this is that the kids actually sing the song, remember the song, and never forget how to calculate slope.
So what’s the point here? The point is to live, enjoy life, sing out. It doesn’t have to be perfect and you can sing about anything, anywhere, anytime. Sing about something deeply meaningful or totally silly. You can sing about love or cookies or algebra. You pick.
Just sing today because life is good.
And that’s what it’s all about.