when we were 12 we could sing the quadratic formula to the tune
when we were 12 we could sing the
quadratic formula to the tune of a christmas carol, but we
didn't know what to do when we didn't like asked us
when we were 13 we could name exactly how and why blood gets
oxygen and how it gets to our heart, but we could not explain why
our hearts and breathing both stopped when we saw each other.
when we were 14 we could describe the overarching theme of social
inequalities within "to kill a mockingbird", but we did
not care that our cafeteria was seperated into cool and not cool
when we were 15 we could write pages and pages about the way
trade off the coast of India evolved and was affected by monsoon
seasons, but when a storm knocked the power out for two weeks, we
found ourselves with nothing to do, no way to connect.
when we were 16 we knew every rule in calculus: exponential,
power, logarithm, the product rule, the chain rule. we can list
those in our head, rapid fire, but we do not have any rules for
how to fall in love, how much to drink, how to pick our pieces
when we were 17 we could tell you exactly how a bill becomes a
law and how often venus is visible to the naked eye, and which
surveys to trust, but we could not tell you how to balance a
checkbook or talk to a depressed friend or fall out of love with
someone or in love with someone else.