Up to lesson 21 in his Math-U-See book today, my sweet oldest started down the long road to mathematical bliss with a bit of algebra. Solving for the Unknown. "You're lucky," I told him. "I didn't get to do algebra until I got to high school!"
"Why?" he asked in consternation. "Well," I replied, "that's just how they did things then."
He thought about that for a moment, then said "I am really lucky!"
And he did his math without fussing at all. I'll wait a few years before I tell him how many times I dissolved into tears over my math, long before I ever got to high school.