Like you, perhaps, I had a Rubikâ€™s Cube when I was a kid. I got it for Christmas when I was in third or fourth grade, and for years I occasionally picked it up and tried to solve it.
Also like you, perhaps, I tried to solve it by completing one side at a time. I even got two sides completed, but I never got better than that, and I certainly never solved the thing.
Last year, my 12-year-old son, Levi, received a Rubikâ€™s Cube and it was love at first twist. Within a couple of weeks, he solved it.
When I told him of my long-term cube ineptness, he enlightened me by saying I had approached it completely wrong â€“ that it needed to be solved one layer at a time as in top, middle and bottom â€“ not one side at a time. He also informed me that to solve the cube he had written out and memorized more than 50 algorithms.
It was then I came to terms with the fact I would never solve Rubikâ€™s Cube.
My son "cubes" every day, for very long periods of time, and has done so for months. He is going to a competition this weekend in Dixon, Ill., and the nationals in Portland, Ore., this summer.
It doesn't matter how much I scramble the cube, Levi usually solves it in under 15 seconds, but has solved it just under 10 seconds a couple of times. That is his goal: to be "sub 10 (seconds)" with every attempt.Â
The worldâ€™s record for the fastest cube solve is held by a 14-year-old named Lucas Etter, who finished in less than 5 seconds. I know itâ€™s my job as a mom to believe in my kid, but I really think Levi might break Lucasâ€™ record someday, mostly because I have never before seen Levi put such focus and fuel behind something.
I know he is awake every morning because I can hear the cube twisting in his room. I also know when heâ€™s fallen asleep for the evening because the twisting stops.
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