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Something weird happened,

This morning at 9,

This day would be strange,

It wouldn’t be fine…

I went to the kitchen,

To see my bread toast,

My bread toaster popped,

I turned white like a ghost…

Instead of 2 pieces,

Of buttery bread,

3 slices were there,

What’s wrong with my head?

I put on my shoes,

I had a new foot,

My bike had 3 tires,

Had my brain gone kaput?

My face had 3 eyes,

To match my 3 ears,

Little brother was 3,

Instead of 2 years…

Then I just realized,

It made sense to me,

What counted to 2,

Now counted to 3…

“No way!” said teacher,

My mom, and Aunt Bett,

“Add 2 ones,

See what you get!”

They added 2 ones,

And what could I do?

The truth in plain sight,

Their sum was just 2…

I checked, and I checked,

Went over my work,

Each time I got 3,

I was going beserk!

I went to the doc,

And to the police,

Called teachers in France,

In spain, and in Greece,

They told me 2 ones,

Are equal to 2,

I added to 3,

Until I was blue!

I pulled at my hair,

Tears filled my eyes,

I just want to add,

Without a surprise!

Then in the mirror,

Came the solution,

My eyes were all blurred,

Like a sky with pollution!

I ran for my glasses,

That lay by my bed,

Grabbed them as fast,

As a hungry shark’s fed!!!

I wrote down the numbers,

That gave me such trouble,

And then I felt good,

1 + 1 is one doubled…

They added to 2,

You dice it and slice it,

My glasses and adding,

Sure made a nice fit…

The lesson I learned?

When it’s time to go add,

I should put on my glasses,

Or be very sad…

RELATED MATH CHALLENGES

If you had 3 feet, how many toes would you have?

If 1 + 1 was equal to 3, what do you think 2 + 2 would be equal to? Why?

If you had 3 pieces of toast, and wanted to put 3 butter patties on each piece, how many butter patties would you need?