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I Don't Need Math or Algebra To Make It In Life

Updated on March 8, 2014

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This story is about uncle Joseph, who's got a very personal task: help his niece Sarah. At times we, the creative writers, come up with stories from real life situations that appeal to everybody.

Nicole, Sarah's mom is worried about her daughter's future and asked her brother to step in. Unfortunately, good souls depart early in real life stories, and uncle Joseph is not an exception to this unexplainable fact of life. This might've been somebody's story... that probably our muses brought to us overnight... but, let's hear from uncle Joseph:

"My niece was having problems with her mom and I had to watch her academic improvements for a while. If I knew how hard it was going to be... meaning taking the place of her dad, the one she never had -- Dad found another woman, I think I would've past on the responsibility. However, I had promised my own mother to do my damn best in helping little grand daughter."


Sarah, was already 14 and facing a hard day at school. I was told already by her mom (my sister), that her grades were not improving. That made me think on my way to the school, she needed more than math, she actually needed a father figure.

On the school's parking lot, she approached to me saying bye to, sure! Of course! her boyfriend, who was a mixture of Ashton Kutcher and Nick Jonas. I didn't know Sarah was that tall and already showing some tattoos on her neck. I was shocked to see a cute little woman in front of me."



That's what she asked me on our way home. She was resentful to her math teacher for being so hard on her and her classmates. I had to come up with something, since I knew... it was in my hands, to change her life forever, and definetely for good!

Math is a rigorous subject that puts your mind to a challenge. For instance, when these Arabic geniuses invented Algebra, they were already in the search of something. If you found yourself on an island like Robinson Crusoe did, the first thing you would've come up with, would be this letter 'X.'

Mathematicians and those 'archaic brains' were fascinated with this symbol. Going back to Baghdad or Mesopotamia, Chess players were obsessed with squares and labyrinths. Algebra took the place of the spirit of the unknown. Phoenicians were veteran traders, but they needed a better math. For a total they needed to break down the losses and waste for perishable goods. Little by little, a 'need' gave way to a new math: Algebra


Sarah, was browsing through her homework on the kitchen table. Her mom left us alone. As a mom, she knew herself that I was talking about life to her daughter. Then I continued:

If you hate math, then you need to correct that repulsive thinking immediately. "Uncle Joseph, you didn't answer my question, or maybe is that... you love History so much?"

She was right! I was going with the flow and I ended up in Mesopotamia and Chaldean-Assyrian soil in my own mind.


Half an Hour later..

Sarah's mother made this chicken carbonara pasta for all of us, and I was trying to explain to Sarah, that in life and especially today, more than ever we needed a degree and no matter what, she would have to pass the math subject.

"But uncle Joseph, I really don't see any use for it. Math is not really for me. You cannot change my own mind just like that! Maybe is not that cool, or appealing to my generation. Gee! Why did they make it so hard to understand! All my last four teachers were effing retards!" she said.

Let me put it clear for you Sarah. Do you see your mom struggling everyday working at that Super-center, late at nights right? She gave it all for... who was, and still is your dad. But life paid her so wrong. Do you want to end with this week after week paycheck? I know you are better than that! I see it in your eyes. So sorry for coming a little late in your life. Is okay, I know you and your mother are going to make me cry too! (both were crying)

"Joseph, I was young I know... and married her father and I did what I thought it was right. Sarah came into this world without asking for it, and I take the blame... but Sarah has been the reason for me to stay alive; the meaning of my own continuity, and I want to thank you so much...(tears)"


Let me give you an example and try to break down some math for you Sarah...


If you buy a watermelon for four dollars and you get 25% off. How much would you get from a five dollars bill?

"I'm lost Uncle Joseph. I guess I will have to trust the cashier..?"

Did you hear what you just said? You said to me and to yourself, and 'to the world,' that it was okay to trust others. And this is not what I want from you. I'm prone to... I resist to believe... that you are going to be just another soul from the crowd. Being a woman is hard enough to make it in this world, but not taking advantage or your brain...? That wouldn't even make sense to your own dad.


Sarah needed someone...

To talk to her with that authority and stern voice. Believe it or not, I saw hope in her eyes and her mind. What really struck me was her ability to work with computers. Her FaceBook was filled with the latest games and ' Kool friends' of course. When I saw on her 'wall' a man holding a cute toddler on a pony ride picture, she was happy to tell me that her dad did love her until that other woman took him from her. Sarah was resentful to the world, but was changing slowly thanks to uncle Joseph.

"Uncle Joseph... guess what? You are really a cool dude! Ya know?"

She gave me the biggest hug, and her mom did the same thing after she heard her own daughter. Both women were carrying their cross on their own... and me, thanking myself to my parents, I made a promise to help Sarah with her academic achievements and her ultimate success.

I see myself doing these deeds, like in a vivid movie. Forgot to write it down; four years later, I had my call and 'accidentally' heavens took me back... by an unexplainable twist of fate.

On the Book of life, the quill writes down:

"....Sarah graduates today Magna Cum Laude. She leaves a copy of her Diploma on her Uncle's resting place. Unfortunately good souls depart early.

Nicole, her mom, survived a car crash... and married Ronald, the guy who hit her...."


"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 "


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  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Lathing thanks for your hearfelt comment. You always stop by and take your tiem to read us.

    @Tillsontitan, The story was fictional but close to a real event. Life is full of surprises as we all know.

    @Faith Reaper, we are glad you got related to the story. Math is needed everywhere and you gave sound examples. God bless!

    @Cardisa, Sorry for making it look misleading. The note at the beginning did clarify the story. We appreciate your comments!

    @Always exploring, your comments are so warm and really enrich our hubs. We are ahppy to see you around!

    @Ardie, friend, You always praising our work. Thanks for being there for us. nice to see you hopping around!

    @Tammy dear friend, sure there is a twist. No movie or book sells with no twists. We learn as we go! Thanks for stopping by and support our work!


  • tammyswallow profile image


    9 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow.. this is some powerful stuff. What a twist at the end. Well done!

  • Ardie profile image


    9 years ago from Neverland

    Lord, again - your storytelling takes me to new places. I was so happy for the young girl who found someone in her life to make a difference and so sad when she lost her uncle. But the two of them created such a touching bond in this story :)

  • always exploring profile image

    Ruby Jean Richert 

    9 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I think it is an inspiring story, but i am confused about the same occurrence as Cardisa. Post note..Math was difficult for me too, still is...Cheers

  • Cardisa profile image

    Carolee Samuda 

    9 years ago from Jamaica

    That was inspiring but am just a tad confused with the last piece about Sarah leaving her diploma on her uncle's resting place. I though I was reading about you and your niece.....confused here....

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    Faith Reaper 

    9 years ago from southern USA

    This piece moved me and penetrated into my heart. How noble and sweet of you to reach out and impact a young life in this manner. I am deeply touched by this writing, lord. You are a gift to others, with great talent to share. I, too, asked that same question when I was going to school to get a degree in Paralegal Studies, as I did not understand what did algebra have to do with the legal profession. I was told that we do use math everyday in our lives and algebra helps one to be able to solve any problem in life. How does one get from point A to point B. Fresh out of high school, I worked part-time at the A & P grocery store as a cashier, and there were no beep, beeps that figured up everything for you. We had to take a math test and make a 100 in order to be a cashier, as we had to make change in our heads and figure tax as well in our heads, as the beep, beeps were not invented then. Ha. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Mary Craig 

    9 years ago from New York

    This was truly a moving piece. Not enough of us are willing to take on responsibility for others and help out. Being there is more than half the battle. You stepped up and made a difference in your niece's life and probably your sister's too. Not only is it commendable but the right thing to do and you did it without looking for anything in return. "Give and it will be given to you." Bless you, your sister and your niece! Voted up.

  • LaThing profile image


    9 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    Wow, that is so moving! Too early in the morning for such beautiful piece..... Writing with tears! You will have many more years, Uncle Joseph, and see your niece go through life. Voting up, and beautiful .....


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