Yesterday’s post was “What matters to you?” Does it count if today’s title is very similar?
I think it does count. I can’t count the number of times I have told people — in individual and group therapy — “It counts,” when they try to dismiss some positive action or attribute.
Let’s count how many meanings the word “count” has:
count 1 (kount)
v. count·ed, count·ing, counts
a. To name or list (the units of a group or collection) one by one in order to determine a total; number.
b. To recite numerals in ascending order up to and including: count three before firing.
c. To include in a reckoning; take account of: ten dogs, counting the puppies.
a. To include by or as if by counting: Count me in.
b. To exclude by or as if by counting: Count me out.
3. To believe or consider to be; deem: Count yourself lucky.
1. To recite or list numbers in order or enumerate items by units or groups: counted by tens.
a. To have importance: You really count with me.
b. To have a specified importance or value: Their opinions count for little. Each basket counts for two points.
3. Music To keep time by counting beats.
1. The act of counting or calculating.
a. A number reached by counting.
b. The totality of specific items in a particular sample: a white blood cell count.
3. Law Any of the separate and distinct charges in an indictment.
4. Sports The counting from one to ten seconds, during which time a boxer who has been knocked down must rise or be declared the loser.
5. Baseball The number of balls and strikes that an umpire has called against a batter.
To recite numerals in descending order, as during a countdown.
To recite numbers in turn, as when dividing people or things into groups : The 24 children counted off by twos, forming a dozen pairs.
1. To rely on; depend on: You can count on my help.
2. To be confident of; anticipate: counted on getting a raise.
To declare (a boxer) out to have been knocked out by calling out the count.
To make a count of members, attendees, or participants by or as if by noting bodily presence.
[Middle English counten, from Old French conter, from Latin computre, to calculate : com-, com- + putre, to think; see pau-2 in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: count1, import, matter, signify, weigh1
These verbs mean to be of significance or importance: an opinion that counts; actions that import little; decisions that really matter; thoughts that signify much; considerations that weigh with her.
count 2 (kount)
1. A nobleman in some European countries.
2. Abbr. Ct. Used as a title for such a nobleman.
[Middle English counte, from Old French conte, from Late Latin comes, comit-, occupant of any state office, from Latin, companion; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]
— from thefreedictionary.com
What else have you been counting, lately? I’ve been counting
- calories (very half-heartedly),
- weeks until winter, and
- days until my presentation about “The Koplow Method” of group therapy.
Somebody I count on, at work, has labeled the group therapy I do “The Koplow Method.” I’m not sure that title counts, officially.
“The Koplow Method” of blogging includes:
- Numbers in the title.
- Word play.
- True Confessions.
- Guessing Games.
- Invitations to participate.
… but who’s counting?
Would anybody like to guess how many cats there are in these photos I took yesterday?
Did you count how many Counts were in those photos, also?
You can count on me to name what’s left unsaid. For example, is anybody wondering why I included a sandwich among all those cats and counts, above? Somebody, named Sandra, who has served me, more often than I can count, at a favorite restaurant, recommended I get a sandwich named after her, yesterday. I’ll count to ten while you guess what’s in that Sandra Special Sandwich.
It’s a Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich. Care to count how many times I’ve had one of those?
(Psssst! The answer is greater than zero and less than 2.)
Will this post — with all its countless hopes, thoughts, feelings, dreams, and meanderings — count, when all is said and done? Maybe it will, if I include some musical counts.
There’s counting in these 1, 2, 3 songs:
If you have any questions or thoughts about anything in this post, I hope you know that they all count.
What counts for me, in the moment?
- People I love.
- The work I do.
- Expressing myself.
Speaking of learning, this morning I finished all 3 hundred and 16 pages of Charles Gulotta’s memoir, “The Long Hall.” That book — shown in the last photo, above, among countless other things — counts a great deal.
I wanted to end this post with a photo of the last page of “The Long Hall,” which says “Thank you,” but — using another Koplow Method — I’ve misplaced my phone (or the phone is taking a break and hiding, really well, somewhere).
So, instead, I’ll end with another photo I snapped yesterday.
… all you people who count, out there.
In case this counts for anybody, I DID find my phone, finally, along with the following photo. Can you count the number of things on my son’s back?