Monday, February 8, 2016

Mixed Marriage: Book Wise and Street Smarts

My husband would be the first to agree that I have a higher IQ than he does. But what does a high IQ matter in the real world - especially when reality dictates that we live in the real world? A high IQ means one thing: that one is skilled in the art of taking IQ tests. In school, I got higher grades. Probably could have been higher if I had put a bit more effort and a whole lot more time into studying, but that ship left the dock quite awhile ago.The captain of the Titanic probably had a high IQ. If Hubby had been driving, that ship would still be in the business of ferrying people across The Pond and skillfully navigating around the icebergs.

I would be the first to admit that I would be lost without Hubby. Literally. I would still be driving around in circles, trying to figure out how to get from Crescent Road to Radisson Avenue.What does it matter that I scored in the 99th percentile of the Canadian Tests of Basic Skills every year in elementary school if I get lost crossing the street?

Before we were married, he told me how lucky he felt that I agreed to marry him. A would-be teacher and a truck driver -- woulda thunk it? My room mate from university married a  pastor with a PhD from Cambridge. He has been a professor at several universities, written a dozen text books and is on the international team that studies the Dead Sea Scrolls.  She has moved with him across the Pond and back several times. Good thing she didn't have to count on him to navigate the plane. They would still be circling New Zealand, and he wouldn't have noticed until they saw penguins that they weren't over the Atlantic anymore. My Hubby hasn't even read the book that I wrote, but at least he never steers me wrong. He has Street Smarts. I still haven't figured out how to get to Sesame Street.