Somewhere in the world there must be a person turning ten years old on this day, perhaps even someone actually born at 10:10 in the morning. Happy Birthday to you! It’s a special one.

In honor of this day, here is a page from my daughter’s first grade homeschooling main lesson book, Numbers. I don’t know about you, but I am perfectly content to be living in a base-ten number world, with the ten represented by a one followed by a zero. And it was not a foregone conclusion. We could be living in a base-twenty world, like the ancient Mayan, Aztec, Celtic, and Germanic peoples (remnants of which groupings by twenty survive in some modern European counting systems). Or a base-sixty world, like the Babylonians. Or, we could be using base ten but still be lumbering along in lengthy strings of Roman numerals, with nary a zero to be seen. And the computer would never have been born.


2 thoughts on “Ten/Ten/Ten

  1. Last year Gloria’s birthday fell on 09/09/09 but I thank God she wasn’t 09 years old! Or 90! Number coincidences are fun. Beware taking them too seriously. I hear rumors about 12/12/12. Looking forward to 11/11/11. Bless you.

  2. 🙂 Either a child bride or a mysterious older woman.
    What rumors? Good, I hope. If not, let’s start our own highly positive rumor.

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