Brought To You By The Number 8

From The Donkey

An infinite problem

Have you ever noticed that people respond in very similar ways when stressed out? It’s a natural thing for everyone. It’s the same type of thing that occurs when I step on a Lego piece in the house – I yell out the same phrase every time. Do you notice this same thing in your spouse? I certainly do, but it’s only been recently that I’ve noticed that my wife loves using the number 8. And it normally occurs when she is stressed out about the number of things that she has on her to-do list. For example, I’ll say, “When are you going to help me find a doctor?” And she’ll say, “When I finish the other 8 things on my list.” Fair enough. Recently, however, I’ve noticed that she has now moved to new levels of the number 8.

A few months ago a conversation went something like this, “How come you still haven’t ordered a cover for my new phone?” She responded, “Because I have about 18,000 other things on my mind.” Wow, I thought. It’s gonna be a while. Then last week I said, “When are you going to help me put the lawn edger together?” She said, “When I finish the 8 million things that I have to do.” Wait a minute. I can’t hang around for that long.

Why the number 8? What is it about 8 that fascinates my wife? Here are a few interesting things that might be down deep in her subconscious which drive this love for the number 8.

  • Perhaps it’s because 8 is a power of 2 and we are 2 people who should have power
  • It could be a result of the religious importance of the number 8 (Hanukkah is 8 days, there are 8 Beatitudes, the Buddhist symbol Dharmacakra has 8 spokes representing the noble eightfold path)
  • Or maybe it has something to do with it’s musical importance (8 notes between octaves, 8-track player
  • Maybe she fears the fact that seven ate nine
  • Possibly it’s because there were 8 maids-a-milking
  • 8 is similar to the sign for infinity and might represent all of the work my wife thinks she needs to do
  • Could it have anything to do with Crazy 8s?
  • The words eight and ate are homophones. Perhaps this is important to her because she likes to eat and ate is a form of the word eat

Any other thoughts?

  1. 5 Responses to “Brought To You By The Number 8”

  2. Congratulations on actually writing something funny, and simultaneously not rude.

    I think it’s because she’s 8 times better than you.

    By Nancy Sabina on Aug 24, 2011

  3. I always use the #9 ant suggestions for that?

    By Mandy Burnett on Aug 25, 2011

  4. whoops “any suggestions”

    By Mandy Burnett on Aug 25, 2011

  5. @Mandy – I think you use the number 9 because it’s a homophone for the German word ‘No’. Stop thinking no and start saying YES!

    By The Donkey on Aug 26, 2011

  6. Ha. I use the number 8 in the same way.

    By Becky on Jun 25, 2012

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