At times I think I am a number person; oh sure I say I love words, yet I also feel I have a relationship with “numbers”. Saying that I’m a number person does not mean I can do math in my head quicker than a calculator, it just means I like numbers. In high-school I was a cashier at a supermarket and McDonald's…all my jobs after school, were accounting related and my love for excel spreadsheets is a wonderful dividend that happened through-out the years of working with numbers.
Does this sound odd, let me explain, ever since I learned how to count, at age 4 or 5, these wonderful figures had personalities and relationships among themselves.
The number 1 is a young man, not a teenager, but somehow a young adult perhaps even a loner. The number 2 is the matriarch always keeping everyone in line and making sure everyone is taken care of, number 3 is a crotchety older man sneaking off to smoke a cigar from time to time, and tells corny jokes to 4 and 5. 4 and 5 are brother and sister, respectively, five and six are lifelong besties, and 5 is in love with 7 while 6 hangs out with 8. 7 and 8 are more than friends they are like brothers – 6 loves nine, so does 5; 5 and 6 look up to number 9 because she is such a cool older teenager-9 and 10 are soul mates.
There you have the domestic dynamics between the numbers 1 and 10, according to Marisa Bernhard.
I have always looked at numbers this way, I am not sure why or how it happened, and I have no idea if anyone else does this ...never spoke about this to anyone.
I joined 10 Things of Thankfuls last June, although it started on my food blog Mangia, Mangia…No Talk; it was moved to Squaarekat where I post my thankfuls each week, along with many wonderful bloggers that link every Friday through Sunday. I was not one of the bloggers that started in the beginning, yet I did join because I needed to hold on to, or to remember, or to look for those gracious moments. I wanted to see and feel the silver linings, no matter how big or small they were, and in all honesty, there were weeks that I had no idea if I could come up with 2 let alone 10. I did not want to be or become jaded. Therefore, I insisted that they were there.
Happy 100th Ten Things of Thankfuls,
congratulations to everyone’s dedication and loyalty that spread the word of gratitude and positivity across, this big blue marble of ours.
So why did I write about numbers and their personalities? Well since the beginning, when The Ten Things of Thankful started, I estimate that there are over 28000 thankfuls, from so many wonderful people that link each week – perhaps a loner, or a matriarch, maybe family, definitely besties, a couple of bros, one or two soul-mates and maybe a crotchety, jaded woman from Long Island New York not smoking cigars. I alone have contributed over 300 thankfuls, and yet I am feeling like it’s not enough – so I continue this quest to find my gratitude, to be part of the many voices that tells the world each week Thank you….. Because for now this is all I have, it is my only prayer, it is all I can do, and in the process I hope that my mind, body and soul will agree that having one prayer that honors what I have been given big or small is enough.
My ten thankfuls for this week are –
First – the wonderful friends that I have made in this world of blogging
Second - my house is clean I spent the whole day scrubbing and cleaning on Saturday; next we purge our crap, get the yard set up and switch our summer and winter clothes.
Third – Everyone helped
Fourth - the kids’ clothes are done!
Fifth- Thank you Mark for answering Nicky’s question and for being there for him.
Sixth- A restful weekend
Seventh - thank you Avocados - A love avocados, and I love making salads with Avocados – so yummy.
Eight - I am thankful that I ran into a parent of a student in Amelia’s class, and she told me that she also had to deal with middle school placement for her child. Word for word she expressed the same concerns that we are having. Thank you for that one, my mind is at ease with our decision.
Nine - hubby is food shopping.
Ten - I think he is barbecuing tonight – I’m not cooking –
What are your thankfuls this week…?
Happy 100th Ten Things of Thankful, my friends!