Today is March 14. National Pi Day. Not to be confused with Pie Day which was back in January. Pi as in **3.14**159265and on and on and on forever and ever with no end or at least no one has found the end yet. *That* pi.

Never ever will I understand Pi.

Nev-*er*.

All it does is make me hungry.

Let me stop right here and say to all you math fans, you may want to skip this post. My confession and confusion may frustrate and annoy you. Please don’t feel the need to educate me, I’m okay with my cluelessness. I’ve made it this far.

Of course there was a time when I was forced to face Pi head on. I did what any clever student would do. I faked it. I memorized what was needed to get through a geometry test (sorry Mrs. Meadows), the school year, high school, and so on (just like pi)… In the off chance I actually *learned* something about Pi during high school, I evidently forgot it because *I never used it. *

Nev-*er.*

And just because Pi has its own day doesn’t really make it a big deal. *Everything* has its own day. For those of us who don’t embrace Pi, tomorrow is *Everything You Think Is Wrong Day*… (like Pi?)

I sought clarification and understanding from the official Pi Day dot org website which *even includes a freakin count down! *Like its Christmas or something. (They also sell Pi t-shirts and coffee mugs…Yes.They.Do.) Pi Day dot org offered the following explanation:

Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

Okay Pi Day people, the only thing I understood from this was the word ** irrational, **and

**I couldn’t agree more. I got a bit lost right off the bat at the word constant. Don’t laugh, I’m being serious. I hate to disappoint, but since tenth grade I haven’t calculated the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.**

*Do people sit around doing this?*I question why

*anyone*

*would calculate*

*anything*to over

**one trillion digits**… And just so you know, after the word transcendental, I heard Charlie Brown’s teacher in my head.

I realize I’m showing my ignorance. Just being honest. Even so, I can still appreciate a day of celebration.

Grace Grits and Gardening

“…all numbers are by their nature correct. Well, except for Pi, of course. I can’t be doing with Pi. Gives me a headache just thinking about it, going on and on and on and on and on….”

“The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it.”

― Yann Martel, *Life of Pi*

Ronda Chesser Porter says

Love love love it! I’m married to a brainiac CPA who LOVED/S math. Something is seriously wrong with him – but God bless the man for helping our kids with math homework! When is your book coming out?

Talya Tate Boerner says

Yes it helps to have a math person for homework! Lord knows my kids were on their own… The book? Hopefully by the end of the year but who knows. Publishing is as strange as Pi.

She Rocks Fitness says

I am so not a math person and the whole PI thing just confuses me…you totally lost me at the beginning…LOL. And how does PI get its own day too…Weird. 😉

Patti says

Mmmmm, Pi(e)!

Jennifer says

Bahahahah!!! I don’t get it either! I’d rather eat Pie than calculate Pi!

Cathy says

Happy Pi Day!

Rainbow Hues says

This just made me laugh…..I guess my emotions about Pi are almost the same as yours…I never got around to understanding it and even wondered why would anyone wanna calculate it…I think I am better off with Pie Day , any day, actually! 😀

Bryan Jones says

Simple, Math is money and Pi is food, sometimes food costs money if you can’t bake your own Pi! Great idea for a post!

Shilpa Garg says

We are in the same boat on this Mr Pi, Talya! I cant get over what you mentioned about people calculating it to one trillion digits!! Well, I’d rather have that pie rather then even think a second more about pi!!

Vidya Sury says

I have to say that I love the last photo of Pi(e), Talya. I am married to a mathematician. Enough said, eh? 😀

Dorothy Johnson says

Totally with you on math! I took the least amount required because of brain wiring. I’m married to a guy who was in Math Club in high school and a career using math so I guess opposites attract! He’s helped lots of folks through math courses. I, also would rather eat pie!

Sheethal says

Ok. I shouldn’t say this been someone who learned Maths for 3 years in college…. but I hate Maths and Pi and whatever it has to offer. Whenever I open my Maths text to study, I used to dream about learning literature and playing wih words… Ahhh…. dreams!

But Happy Pi Day! 😉

Gary Henderson says

Try this: Write down 3.14 on a slip of paper and hold it up in front of a mirror (making sure you write the four as shown, with a closed top. I think you’ll embrace the mirror image. 🙂

Just FYI, ‘e’ has its own day, as well. Feb 7. (2.71828…) I’ll just leave you this link.

I only hope that ‘i’ doesn’t get its own day, since I’m fairly sure we’d have to invent a new month to represent the square root of -1.

I’ll stop, now. 🙂

bestjiujitsu says

This was so fun to read. I appreciate how honest you are. I agree about those social media check-ins, definitely have to be mindful. I’m not really a fan, but I can see how they can be motivating. I don’t know what I’d confess…I love a good glass of bourbon or wine. I don’t feel guilty or unhealthy doing it, but I guess others might see it that way. Ooh, and we pick up a to-go order of sweet potatoes fries at least once a week to go along with dinner at home. My favorite! ?