Monday, May 26, 2008

an observation

I think that if, at this age, I still have to count on my knuckles to figure out how many days are in May, I'm probably never going to learn how long the months are.

How do you do the months, dear reader? Do you just know? Do you remember the rhyme? Does anyone other than me do the thing with the knuckles?

16 comments:

I Blog, You Blog said...

I'm a "30 days hath September" girl...

Anonymous said...

I do the rhyme too. What's the knuckle thing? (I'm a teacher, you know. The more tricks, the better.)
-Diana

towwas said...

You hold up your left hand in a fist pointing away from you (this is hard to explain in words) and count from left to right - January is the base of your pinky, February is in the valley to the right of that, March is on the hill at the base of your ring finger, etc. Long months are on the hills, short months are in the valleys. When you get to the pointer finger you do July and August and start back. Remind me and I'll show you sometime. :)

J.Bro said...

I don't think I ever need to know how many days are in a month unless I'm in a situation where I'm looking at a calendar (in which case, problem solved!). I didn't know the knuckle trick, though - awesome!

J.Bro said...

(Did you know that the first letters of July-November spell my first name? Now you do.)

Random Brother said...

Sara taught me that knuckle thing a few years ago. I like it--it gives a much better idea of the pattern than that rhyme I can never remember.

Before that, uh, I guess I always just had to look it up.

grrrbear said...

Don't feel bad. I totally do the knuckle thing - always have.

Oh, and J.Bro, do you recall which fictional child-detective character solved a mystery using that very fact?

grrrbear said...

Oh, TOWWAS, but I start from the front (pointer finger) and go backwards. Maybe it's a midwest thing...

towwas said...

Could be, Grrrbear - I learned in the south.

Random (only) brother, I guess that just goes to show that Gloria Dei Lutheran Preschool gave a superior education to...dang it, I've forgotten the funny name of the school you went to in England. It was something like Ramblebottom or Crumbleberry.

Sophist said...

I just stay confused is all.

towwas said...

Roustabout...Runaway...Shadyway...

towwas said...

I remembered as soon as I turned the computer off: Scantabout! Ha.

J.Bro said...

Grrrbear - of course it's child-genius Encyclopedia Brown! Solving mysteries, fending off bullies, and teaching me facts, all at the same time!

Random Brother said...

They've got a website, in fact:

http://www.scantabout-pri.hants.sch.uk/

miss shirley said...

I used to know the 30 days rhyme, now I get lost after the word "September." I happen to know for one reason or another how many days are in January, February, May, July, September, October and December. The other months I look at a calendar.

towwas said...

I think the only ones I know are February and December. The others I have to count.