PoPo Teaches Grandpa A Lesson [rev2]

26 Jul

How stupid am I?

Well it starts out like this—

My Grandson, leaving a summer math class
carrying a piece of folded paper

—Followed by his gracious and grinning teacher

I asked, “What is that?”

Pointing to his hand holding the paper,

Hoping it wasn’t a note from the “warden”

Being shot by one of his righteous and never wrong Heroes.

He handed it to me—
It was a bunch of math problems
He needed to solve before tomorrow’s class.

Looking at it with a quick glance,

Spotting the first problem to be solved—

I asked, “What’s 9 times 3?”
Looking at the sky,

As we were going towards the car
Quietly said, “27”


Then he turned towards me and asked,
“What’s 9 times 0?”
I said “9”! Quite proudly—

 Both he and his teacher burst out laughing
As she patted my grandson

On the back, saying, “see you tomorrow.”

Opening our car doors, he said,
“Grandpa, you know what ever number times zero
Will always be zero.”

 Driving off

I looked in the rear view mirror
And saw him wearing my baseball cap
Usually left in the back—

He was wearing it backwards
And giving me this shit eatin’ grin.

It was a long ride back

Thinking how smart I really am.


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17 responses to “PoPo Teaches Grandpa A Lesson [rev2]

  1. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)

    July 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    This is soo cute!! 😀


  2. Thotpurge

    July 30, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I do believe you were testing him and now have a wonderful memory to replay on quiet afternoons!!!


  3. Sumana Roy

    July 30, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Aw. How cute!…Love this moment of fun.


  4. Truedessa

    July 30, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    ha – funny how the tale unfolded and he ended up wearing your baseball cap. Thanks for a fun share!


  5. Mary

    July 30, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    This made me smile, ZQ! Sounds like you have a pretty sharp grandson to have tricked his sharp grandpa. I bet your grandson won’t forget this, and this story will pass into family history. Ha, my grandson is going into 8th grade and taking algebra this year. The math he will do (with his graphing calculator) is far beyond my comprehension!!


  6. Sherry Blue Sky

    July 30, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    LOL. I love this. My cackle of the day was when my daughter, in shorts and tank top, accompanying me to the beach (me being sensitive to UV rays in my dotage – told me that in my huge sunglasses, fishing hat covering half my face and zipped up sweatshirt, I looked like I belong in the Witness Protection Program. LOL.


  7. Audrey Howitt

    July 30, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I just found out that I am going to be a grandma in December–I hope I get the chance to experience a life lesson like this!


  8. Donna@LivingFromHappiness

    July 30, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Oh and what an incredible grandpa to make him shine….and that little hint of I think Grandpa knew….his response was perfect with wearing your cap! Big smiles from me too!!


  9. Jae Rose

    July 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for making us smile ZQ!


  10. Bodhirose

    July 29, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Ha…and in front of the teacher too!


  11. Beverly Crawford

    July 29, 2017 at 11:29 am

    If it’s any consolation, I would’ve said 9 as well! Fun write.


  12. sarahrussellpoetry

    July 28, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Loved this. I’ll bet he grinned all day (and you did too.)


  13. petrujviljoen

    July 28, 2017 at 11:58 am

    A real live out loud appreciative chuckle! Sheer semantics I’d have consoled myself!


  14. annell4

    July 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

    TC! Too cute!


  15. Frank Hubeny

    July 28, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Nothing being stumped by a math problem and giving one’s grandson a chance to shine.


  16. Brendan

    July 28, 2017 at 5:25 am

    The only exception I can think of is when poetry magnifies nothing. Fun write.


  17. mhatter99

    July 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Great moment. Thanks for sharing.



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