Smarter than a 5th grader?

I asked myself a question today at my daughter’s 5th grade graduation… Am I smarter than a 5th grader? Not before that first cup of coffee certainly, not! Okay, I’ll admit that I’ve got a hard time naming the countries on the African Continent. Cut me some slack though they change weekly! What I ended up doing here is comparing what I knew when I was in her shoes.

  • When I was in the 5th grade we worried about the USSR. She thinks the USSR must be one of mom’s Star Trek ships.
  • In 5th grade we passed notes that said “Do you like Johnny, circle Y or N”. Now notes are texts that say “Do you like Johnny? DM me”
  • My 5th grade teacher used to send a note home asking for a Parent/Teacher conference. Now I get an email asking if I have time to Skype!
  • Pluto was a planet when I was in 5th grade. Now, it’s status is debatable. And who the heck ever heard of Haumea?
  • As a 5th grader I salivated over the Sony Walkman ($19). My daughter wants and iPad! ($499)
  • We had, word problems, fractions and formulas. I need a freaking tutor just to keep up with the new vocabulary for Math!
  • I couldn’t wait for summer, lazy days and road trips. Now they have summer camps, enrichment programs and little down time.

Oh how times, maps, technology and the 5th grader have changed.

To my darling, sweet, daughter…now a 6th grader, I am so proud of you baby! Now stop growing up so dam fast!

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