Even-Numbered Years

Elvis Costello’s quirky, delightful duet with Sesame Street’s Elmo, got me thinking about my ticklish preference for even numbers. Especially the fabulous evenness of this new year, 2012. An even-numbered year feels auspicious, the two 2s audacious in their bookend flow. The motion of each 2 from a point set in the past, curling luxuriantly, then pushing adamantly towards the future at its end. I’m drawn to the momentum and positivity these 2s imbue.

While the last year held ribald hilarity, ever-deepening love for Max, Charlotte, and Jasper, and the re-emergence of deep, neglected friendships, my continued long-term unemployment coupled with my financial and personal insecurity were weighty and ugly. Like “2011,” its twig legs immoveable, welded to the ground. Unable to run, lacking energy, verve, and nerve.

I’m using the two 2s, clearly, as a daily symbol of movement and partnership. And balance. They represent companionship, not aloneness; the opportunity to join forces, collaborate, commiserate, bond, empathize, and embrace. Extend beyond stasis with a bended knee in motion, pushing molecules backwards with a zippy whish.

And 2 is a Cardinal numeral after all. So as a Cardinal, I grab onto these two 2s and the hope they promise, the symmetry they offer, and the momentum I need.

Here’s to double twos, a lovely pair, indeed.

French: par deux doubles
Italian: a due doppi
Estonian: topelt rühmades
Japanese: ダブル補数
Icelandic: tvöfaldur twos
Haitian Creole: twos doub
Arabic: ثنائي مزدوج