Tonight I helped Donika, one of the girls who lives across the street, with her math homework. Normally Xy does this, but the subject was triangles, and Xy’s not confident of her geometry skillz. I’ve always found geometry easier than arithmetic and a hell of a lot more interesting.

I was intrigued by the fact that Donika writes at a complete 90 degree angle. She’s the third or fourth person I’ve met in New Orleans who writes this way.

Anyway, when Donika was deep in concentration working on a problem, I surreptitiously took this picture, and I really like the way it came out.

It took almost two hours to finish sixteen problems!

By longstanding tradition, she gets a pickle when she’s done.

She’s left-handed. My son writes like that to avoid smearing the ink.

Ohmigod. You’re so right. Can’t believe I didn’t notice.