even smart people are dumb bunnies in their own way

Jen Hatmaker is my soul sister, one I admire from afar so I don’t get tagged with stalker status.  Sometimes I feel like we live parallel lives.  Maybe we were separated at birth.  That’s not weird, right?

“I am a smart person.  I was a 4.0 honors student.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude.  I have the capacity to learn new things and retain information.  I love to study and I can make sense of complicated, dense data. 


1.  I cannot ever remember the difference between a walnut and a pecan.  As I sit here thinking about it, I cannot come up with a solid visual of either. 

2.  I cannot, almost ever, spell words correctly that end in -ance or -ence.  Independence, admittance, allegiance, consistence.  I just had to look all those up.  This is why the English language is impossible.  It is also why I lost in the Regional 4th Grade Spelling Bee over “receive” EVEN THOUGH I WAS A BETTER SPELLER THAN JEREMY DOUCET.  IT’S NOT MY FAULT HE GOT AN EASIER WORD AND WENT ON TO DISTRICT. 

How are you dumb (even though you are obviously smart)?”

– Jen Hatmaker, Facebook post, 12-12-16

The comments are just as fabulous.  You should really check them out.


I’m a smart person.  I graduated with a respectable grade point average.  (Not a 4.0 but it was an A so I was happy.)  I earned a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Teaching with dual certification.  I love reading, writing, and learning new things.  Photography is my latest love (besides blogging), and I’m good in a crisis.

But yes, Jen is right…even though I am obviously smart, I can still rock the Dumb Bunny t-shirt.

»  I have only a rudimentary understanding of the solar system.  The other day I asked my sixth grader why there are times when we can see the moon during the daytime.  I literally have zero clues about why this happens.

»  All-purpose flour.  Cake flour.  Self-rising flour.  Whole wheat flour.  White whole wheat flour.  Then the recipe calls for “flour.”  Ummm…okay.

»  I am a grown ass woman, yet I still alphabetize things by singing my ABCs.

»  I grasp the concept of directions and can draw a compass rose, but that’s about it.  We live between two major cities and I still have to remind myself I go east toward my sister’s because she’s closer to the coast than me.

»  I have been known to turn a knob or screw the wrong way even while muttering, “lefty loosey, righty tighty.”


How about you?  Any good dumb bunny traits you smart people wanna share?

12 thoughts on “even smart people are dumb bunnies in their own way

  1. I sing my abc’s while alphabetizing too! Also, anything to do with geography–total ditz. I know my continents, most of the time. I grew up in Canada, so even though I now live in the US, I don’t know where all the states are. On a map, the only states I could confidently identify would be NY, CA, WA, FL, TX. That’s it. And don’t even ask me to show you where Mongolia or Poland or the Czech Republic are. Useless.

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    • I have the geography issue, too! The year I had to memorize the state capitals for school nearly did me in, and I promptly forgot most of them after the test. I do a decent job with a bunch of the states except for the middle of the country — those are more of a “well, it’s one of those jumbled up in there” things. 🙂


  2. Ha ha – don’t get me started. I was a middle-of the road student, if the road was going through the bad section of town. But, although I didn’t get A’s in math, I’m in my 60s and I can actually still do Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry stuff. Actually, I did get A’s in Geometry and trig – they were just easy.

    I consider myself an active lifelong learner, but I still can’t spell my way out of a bag, and recipes baffle me. I once substituted salt for baking power cause they were both white powdery stuff. Bad cookies resulted. By the way, I have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry. I am also baffled by what might be labeled “social graces” – which has led a couple of people to ask me:”why do you speak?”

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    • Well, you can always blame your social graces issue on your big bad math brain. I hear math folks are wired for numbers, not social nuance. (And I have to say the salt/baking powder followed by the degree in Chemistry made me laugh until I cried…) Love it!

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      • I told that story to my wife, and she still picks on me about it. As for the brain wiring, I’ve made some statements that don’t really allow for anything less than divine intervention to set right.

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  3. I think we all, despite our grades, have these things we should be able to master and cannot. Time change, bus routes, math, how to hang a shower curtain… *achem* Surely there is a cost for our gifts.
    Walnuts and pecans are both dry, walnuts look like brains and pecans look like a narrow backside. I hope that helps.
    I can’t untie knots, use power tools. My hands suck.

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