Reaching the first two digits

In editing, you are advised to write numbers 0 – 9 in words; once you reach 10, the instructions change – 10 and beyond are preferred in numbers. Perhaps to stand them out? Highlight their double digits significant? Or simply because attaining the number 10 and higher in any endeavor is no mean feat?

Before now, there used to be quite an emphasis on the 10th year marriage milestone. We’ve been together for a decade. Wow! We’ve made it thus far! Congratulations to us!
Not anymore. One year, two, three, five, seven, nine years anniversaries receive equal importance and relevance these days. Months and weeks too!
However, nothing truly beats the 10th year anniversary; it’s the first of the major milestones anniversaries according to About.com. The harbinger of all the others.

The zero in 10 in the form of circle is a symbol of unit, completing the meaning of the number 1 to show that the number 10 contains all preceding numbers as a whole contains its parts.

A child’s 10th birthday signals the tween years and the last chance you will have to celebrate childhood as you know it.
Double figures at last! Your baby has left single birthdays behind forever…

-Kiwifamilies.co.nz

If you are still in the dark as to what the thrust of this article is, here let me help you out of your misery.
T. turned 10 today.
This, this will take a while. To adjust my view to her new age and tune my mind in the direction she’s headed.
I’m still processing it. Saying she’s 10 years is no problem at all; coming to terms with it is a whole new ball game altogether.
Maybe it’d stick in my consciousness and help me transition into this new stage of her life if I just keep repeating it, intermittently. T. is 10. Maybe.
Meanwhile, happy birthday, T, my very own baby girl!

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