In geometry, a hypotenuse is the longest side of a right-angled triangle, the side opposite the right angle. The length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle can be found using the Pythagorean theorem, which states that the square of the length of the hypotenuse equals the sum of the squares of the lengths of the other two sides.
I was putting away laundry the other day, when I rounded the corner to find this scene.
Except that it wasn't a bear on top of the potty which was on top of the coffee table. It was Chloe on top of the potty which was on top of the coffee table. And I guess every girl needs to sit on top of the potty, on top of the coffee table with her puppy, cheerios, a bottled water and a book to get the full potty training experience. Because that's exactly how I found her.
The second I rounded the corner, I gasped. Yanked her off the potty and disciplined her. And then I hid in the closet and laughed hysterically for about a minute straight.
Which is how I spend most of my time parenting. In the closet, laughing no less.
What was the first thing that came to my mind while pondering what just happened? How I would keep this from happening again? Why was the potty on top of the coffee table? Why am I such a loser parent? When am I really going to begin potty training? Why is my daughter such a weirdo? Why am I such a weirdo? Why am I in the closet again?
All I could think about was my 8th grade Geometry class. Mrs. Rosenbaum. Studying the hypotenuse. And our teacher showing us a picture a student had drawn to help aid in memorizing exactly what hypotenuse means. It was a picture of a guy. On the toilet. On top of a mountain which represented a right triangle. And for some reason, this 8th grader's drawing of a guy using the bathroom tied into the definition of hypotenuse. And she said, "Look at this picture. It's a high, pot, in use. Get it? Get it? A high-pot-in-use. Hypotenuse."
And I distinctly remember thinking what a waste of 50 minutes this Geometry class was.
I will NEVER use it again, I thought.
Well, I guess it wasn't such a waste.
Except for the fact that the only thing I remember from that Geometry class and any math class in general, was a picture of a guy. Sitting on the toilet. On top of a mountain that represented a hypotenuse.