Dec 20 : two

December 20 : Verse 20

Verse 20 of Snowflake Kisses, when read on its own, can lead to more than two questions:

What are we covering for two?
Two people or two minutes?

What are we covering them with?
Two hands or two blankets?

When reading today’s line with the other 3 verses of this stanza, it becomes clearer that we’re likely covering our eyes for 2 seconds.

Did you miss the beginning of this poem? Read Verses 1 – 20 of Snowflake Kisses and decide for yourself what is or should be covered with two:

Hesitant to throw myself into a numerical quandary as I did in Verse 18 with the word twelve, it’s impossible for me to resist this single digit temptation. Therefore, the word for today is number two:

Sunday, December 20:
The first in today’s two-digit day, the number two with a zero does not equal twenty but it somehow becomes it.

12 / 20:
The second in this month’s two-digit numerical version of December, the number two stands behind but is still very close to number one, and although it does not equal twelve, it does amount to the twelfth month.

Not only is the number two a primary number in today’s day and month, it also makes a double appearance to indicate the year we have all been through: 2020

12 / 20 / 2020

How do you prefer to write numerical or digital dates? There are so many options to choose from! When mixed and intermingled with written dates, the possibilities with these numbers and words is tremendous. So much so, it can render the simple act of picking a date from the calendar and writing it properly to become quite a conundrum.

Thoughts of yesterday’s romantic segment are tenderly lingering through my mind. Nevertheless, however tempted I am to continue with it, instead I’ll touch on numerical dating.

What are the pros and cons of numerical dating vs written dates? There surely is much to be written about that, but I’ll try to keep it to two or a few points for now.

Entering numerical dates in the order of the greatest to the least (eg: year/month/day) seems to be a logical, uncomplicated, methodical way to do so. It makes sense doesn’t it? It’s a reasonable sequential order that should be easily recalled and remembered by anyone. Shouldn’t it? It also automatically allows for numerical filing, whether digital or manual, to be easily and systematically bunched together into chronological order.

Then why – if this is so simple, reasonable, and logical – why are there so many different ways to enter a date whenever presented with a new form to fill out?

From government forms to medical forms, employment contracts to silly online surveys, date entry and the order in which it should appear varies as greatly as does every day of the year.

Today’s silly segment should probably be filed under Pet-Peeves – which I happen to file two ways: alphabetically and numerically.

Whatever the case may be, it is what it is for another day of this self-imposed writing challenge. Only four verses remain before the Snowflake Kisses Christmas Countdown is done. This also indicates how soon Christmas will be here, and if I make it to the end of these lines, I’m awarding myself a two-month vacation!

To wrap-up today’s twentieth of December and twentieth verse, here is Snowflake Kisses, in two languages, English and French:

Do you have a thought or two about today’s word, number two?

Enter a phrase, a paragraph, or a poem in the Snowflake Kisses Writing Challenge – few rules or restrictions apply, but there are these two: the word from today must be included and words should be kind and thoughtful.

Hmm … is that two or three?

Return to the Christmas Countdown calendar for another verse and more Snowflake Kisses:

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