Every day, I test my nine-year-old son on his math facts, using flash cards. Yesterday, we worked on multiplication. He did well for a while, then he had a harder problem. He grabbed the card from my hand, pulled up his shirt, and shoved the card in the little crease by his belly button.
"What exactly are you doing?" I asked.
"Math," he said.
"How is shoving a flash card in your belly button, doing math?"
"It's a magic belly button. It reads the card and tells me the answer." He looked down at the card and jiggled it around his belly button. "Eighty-one," he announced.
I took the card from him. "Right." I gave him another problem and he did the same thing.
"Sixty-three," he answered.
"Mmm hmmm," I said.
"See, Mama. It works. Don't you wish you had a magic belly button?"