If You Have to Like Numbers, Here Are Some Tips

Numbers are utterly annoying in their chronic demand for precision.

One would think that with googolplex possibilities, there would be a loosening of the ridiculous accuracy required of math. Does it not seem a bit unrealistic to demand such exactitude for every single answer when the possibilities are literally infinite?

Am I missing something here?

A little gray area, a smidgen of latitude, or a range of acceptability certainly seems reasonable.

Who knows? It might even result in more people liking math.

Since numbers are basically so irritating, I thought that I would provide some tips for trying to like them a bit more. This is not easy to do, because half of them are odd, which is in-and-of- itself a problem. Odd numbers are cliquey, exclusionary, and snobbish. They leave others out and always have – that’s just the way they are. Prime numbers are even worse. They are completely anti-social and actually downright rude. Don’t even try – they snub even the most gracious efforts and are completely un-accomodating.

Even numbers – although unceasingly rigid (not surprising) – tend to be a bit more welcoming and inclusive. Take your basic 8, for example. Even looking at it, you know it’s a jolly dude.

As for specific numbers? Well, they are relegated to personal preference; you’ll have to decide how you feel about them on your own. If you try hard enough, you can often find something good about most of them, believe it or not. The trick is to associate them with something you love. You’d be surprised at how much less intimidating they are when you look at them that way.

Here are my “Helpful Positive Number Associations” from one to ten:

1 is our dog Ollie.

2 is my husband and me.

3 is our children – two boys and a girl.

4 is our fruit trees – two apples and two plums.

5 is our family, all under this one roof.

6 is my five siblings and me.

7 times around the sun for my second graders.

8 is my family growing up – two parents and six kids.

9 steps up to the bedrooms

10 months in a school year.


Not so bad, right?

Sure, numbers will always be inflexible and set in their ways. They will continue to be uber-demanding and super picky about

“There is only ONE right answer! Blah. Blah. Blah,”


“Close enough only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Yadda, yadda, yadda.”

But if you try really hard, well – who knows?

You might just find a number to love.

13 thoughts on “If You Have to Like Numbers, Here Are Some Tips

  1. Deborah,
    I’ll try to like numbers. Here goes:
    1) I don’t like numbers. I’ll never like numbers until I win the lottery BIG.
    2) The two boots at the top of your blog make me want to go hiking and not to work.
    3) I have one dog named Ollie, and the other two are Fitz and Boo Radley – (I’m counting on my fingers to see if that makes 3)
    5) What comes after 3?
    4) I love this blog FOR all the laughs and truths and creativity!
    You rock.

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  2. I love the humor you add to this slice. I’m actually, the opposite of you. I have a love of numbers and especially double numbers. I enjoyed reading your number list. May give that a try one of these days in March. Thanks for shairng and getting me to think about my feelings about numbers!

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  3. I love this! I am a numbers gal. I love having a clear answer. I, on the other hand, am not eloquent with my writing and admire when people are creative like this because I can not think outside of the box. 🙂

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    1. Tracy!
      so good to hear from you! Thank you so much. I admire and envy your aptitude for numbers. It is something that has eluded me for a lifetime. Thank you for reading me 🙂


  4. I love this. I’m one of those who loves numbers, I like their challenge, and I like that there’s only one correct answer. Numbers gave me some stability in a somewhat confusing childhood. And my whole family, even my artistic sister, turned out to be math geeks of one sort or another. But I loved reading how you are wrestling numbers so you can control them and not let them control you.

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    1. Thank you for helping me to realize the balm that the predicatbility of numbers can be. As for me, I keep numbers from not controlling me by never attempting to advance beyond fourth grade math! Thank you for reading me:)


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