Elise: Mom, how well do you know algebra?
Me: I don’t…well, actually, try me.
Elise: Okay, here’s my equation (shows me)…if a negative sign is in front of the 3, does it apply to the 3 and the parenthesis?
Me: Well….(pause, because I have no idea), try F.O.I.L. (said triumphantly!) First Outside Inside Last!
Elise: Mom (exasperated) not for this, that’s for something else.
Me: Oh, well that’s all I remember. Wait, wait…what about the Quadratic Formula?
Elise: Whatever mom. (Rolls eyes and laughs)
Note: Yes, I failed Algebra once, aced it the second time around (I have no idea how) and had to have a good friend tutor me through it in college but made it through. Algebra. bleck!