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We’ve got today …

Kids-getting-on-school-busThis morning, I watched from my office window as the local school bus stopped to pick up the children to take them to school. I was too far away to see their faces, but I noticed more parents waiting with their children. Instead of making casual conversation with the other adults, they spoke to their kids and crossed the street with them to make sure they got safely on the bus. They lingered as the bus pulled away, perhaps wondering if this was how the parents of the children in Friday’s tragic shootings felt saying goodbyes to their kids. In their case, it was farewell.

We never know what tomorrow will bring, yet too often we humans bank on the fact that we will have a tomorrow and another one after that. Yet we have no guarantee. We often become paranoid and surround ourselves with protective devices or try to think ahead to prompt proactive behaviors. Although looking ahead and trying to remain safe are wise actions, we could easily go overboard. The bottom line is that it is out of our control, but our faith in the Lord must remain strong.

If one thing good is to come out of this sad tragedy, it might be what I saw demonstrated this morning and see on so many Facebook posts. Treasure the people in our lives now. We’ve got today.

How do you write the date?

In today’s economy, both time and money are in short supply, so I can understand why we shorten words like your/you’re to ur and create acronyms like LOL (laugh out loud) rather than use a long line of text to let someone know what we said was intended to be humorous. I get it. It makes sense. Less is more. 

If this is true, then why is there an increasing trend to use an ordinal number (one with a suffix like th, nd, rd, st) when writing the date? More and more, I see the date written March 1st, 2012 instead of March 1, 2012. Not only is the former example grammatically incorrect, it adds two extra and unnecessary characters. With more dated equipment (no pun intended), you have to highlight and add the superscript to the font in order for the ordinal suffix to be raised. So much for economy of time. In fact, it’s actually easier to write it in the correct format. 

I can’t buy the excuse, “You read it March first so you should use an ordinal number.” It has been understood for at least a hundred years, that you read it first but write 1. (You don’t read ur as err.) Yet this method of writing the date keeps popping up so much that I continually check the Internet to see if the rule has changed.  (FYI –from the sources I’ve checked, not yet.) 

What is really scary is where you see it written like this – websites, brochures, posters, and even program bulletins at local schools. This begs the question, “What are they teaching the kids?” 

I know, in the scheme of life, the way you write the date holds little importance, and I should not lose sleep over it.  Really I don’t, though as a former English teacher, it does irritate me, and I’d love to understand the logic behind it. It just seems to me, there are easier ways to look stupid.  If you need a list, I can look back over my life and offer a few suggestions.