Ty is a fourth grader who has been coming to our Rose Plaza Bible Study since it began. He didn’t actually live in the complex – he and his little brother lived across the street with their Grandma. They moved several miles away last August, but he wanted to keep coming, so every Monday afternoon I swing by his house and pick him up.
Monday we had a conversation that went like this:
Ty: “You know how every week you ask me what I learned in school and I tell you nothing?”
Ty: “Well today I actually learned something new!”
Ty: “I learned how to divide. Ask me anything.”
Me: “6 divided by 3.”
Me: “12 divided by 3.”
“100 divided by 10.”
“1 million divided by 1”
Me: “That’s impressive. You learned all that today?”
Ty: “Yeah. My teacher explained it to us and I didn’t really understand it. But then she explained it again and it was like a lightbulb came on in my head. Division and Subtraction are a mom and dad, and Multiplication and Addition are a mom and dad.”
I’m not sure exactlly what that means, but it’s fun to see a kid suddenly figure something out. Maybe learning division isn’t a life-changing moment, but I love seeing Ty getting excited about learning.