In Search of Big Foot

Thing One and Thing Two are currently in third grade and have some of the most complex homework I have ever seen. I actually had to watch a YouTube video to help with math recently. The methods of obtaining answers are so much more complicated than they need to be, it’s ridiculous. Am I the only person who experiences this?

It’s a good thing English and Science pretty much stay the same. Last week, Thing Two asked what the word “endangered” meant. I was rolling the word around in my head trying to figure out how best to explain it to a nine year old, but Thing One beat me to it.

“It’s when there are only a few of a kind of animal left. Kind of like Big Foot. There are only four left in the whole world.” Naturally, this statement piqued my husband’s interest. “Where do they live?” he asked her. “In shady places,” she replied. “They have a lot of fur, so it can get hot in the sun. You won’t see them though, because they are afraid of humans. They would run away if they saw you.”

My husband pondered on that for a moment. He wasn’t ready to end the conversation, so he asked: “How does a Big Foot run? I need to know in case I run into them in the woods one day.” Thing One demonstrated Big Foot’s gait by hunching her shoulders and hopping widely from foot to foot. “But only one of them is a girl. The other three are boys.”

Just in case you were wondering, the three Big Feet don’t live together. That would attract too much attention. However, they do have reunions every few months because they miss each other. And they are herbivores, so no need to worry about getting gobbled up by one if you stumble across them in the woods.

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