I'm celebrating my birthday today. It's not a big, round number. Actually, it's a square number. A perfect square (I'm not saying which one). It's also a lot larger number than I can wrap my head around, with regards to my age, but never mind that. I'm thinking about all the ways we make numbers "important." Multiples of 5 and 10, of course, are landmarks (we use a base-10 number system, so there's some sense in that). We also have personally important numbers: I'm as old now as my Mom was when I was born. As my Dad when I graduated from High School (NOT!). As my aunt/uncle/cousin/grandparent was when he/she/they died. Those numbers can give us a jolt.
But if my age is a perfect square, does that make me perfectly square? And does the condition of squareness, in a person as opposed to a number, eliminate the very possibility of perfection?
f you like numbers, you can make nearly any year special. This one's a perfect square. This one's a prime. This one's a factor of 196. Make something up. They're all special. We only get so many.
I think I'll go have some chocolate.