Sunday, May 17, 2015

This is number 100 - My love of Numbers and My Ten Thankfuls

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!


  1. You always come up with a wonderful list, Marisa! I'm thankful you joined in the TToT last year, because you have truly made my life cheerier with all your sweet comments.
    I am NOT a number person, but I DID work at McDonalds after I graduated from high school and in college. When I first started, we took orders on printed order pads and had to write down all the prices and add them up. I used to hide my hand under the edge of the counter and count on my fingers! I did learn how to make change like a boss, though.
    I like the way you imagine the numbers. I did something similar with crayons, mostly that some were boys and some were girls. Show me any crayon, and I can tell you its sex!
    Have a great week purging! It must be in the air!

    1. Thank you omg MickyDs what an experience. We had regular registers and we learned that if someone ordered a Big Mac there was way to use your fingers so you you can punch it in quickly and as many as they ordered; everything was all about speed. Making change like a boss is awesome Speaking of bosses in the supermarket I was the one that shopped for the family...ahem... why I ask. Crayons I think I do the same - cleaning this house is definitely in the air - purging is a must... soon we'll have no room to move.

  2. I seem to remember hearing about a picture book about numbers that looked at them in a similar way as you. Of course, I don't remember the name, but I think the author was interviewed on npr a couple of years ago.

    1. I'd love to see that book thank you

  3. Another great list! I like your numbers explanations - can't say I have that great a relationship with numbers, but I love your descriptions! Wonderful blogging friends and a clean house are great things to be thankful for. And Avocados? That kind of item is my favorite to find on a thankful list. I love seeing the small, everyday things that make people happy. Plus, they are awesome. Nothing makes me happier than to discover I have a couple in the kitchen at the perfect stage of ripeness for guacamole!

    1. Yes avocados....yes I'm making salads and adding them. Thank you ...friends clean house it's good

  4. I love your list. Someone else doing the food shopping? Awesome. Someone else doing the cooking? Doesn't food you didn't have to prepare always taste the best?

    I've had to make some "school" decisions that weren't always easy to make. I'm glad you were able to talk to someone else and make a decision you're comfortable with.

    1. The school was intimidating .... it's really sad but we are 100 % sure now that's what matters. ..the list was a simple one this week ...Thank you

  5. Hi, SquareKat. I love how you see numbers. I also love a good barbeque where I don't have to cook. I love it too when everyone pitches in to help me clean house. I have a middle schooler too whom I think is not placed right. Calling my district now to see about testing. We have so much in common and I like that we also enjoy making new blogger friends. :)

    1. hi Mary Hill :) thank you I always saw numbers like that - yes not cooking for a change is a great thankful - school stuff makes me nervous lately but we try make the best choices to help our kids not only academically but socially too. blogger friends is the best thankful. :)

  6. I will never think of numbers quite the same way again. I am thankful for this fun glimpse into their personalities!


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