Frost III: Numb

All the things we cannot feel

Frozen soap bubble. Photo by Aaron Burden / Unsplash
Frozen soap bubble. Photo by Aaron Burden / Unsplash

Good morning. Today begins the third décade of Frimaire, Year CCXXXII. It's the month of frost. Our theme this time is numb.

Here are the items we celebrate for the next ten days...
Maple on primidi
Heather on duodi
Reed on tridi
Sorrel on quartidi
Cricket on quintidi
Pine nut on sextidi
Cork on septidi
Truffle on octidi
Olive on nonidi
Shovel on décadi

I don't know if Jack London's "To Build a Fire" is still mandatory reading in middle school English classrooms, or if it was even required outside the mountainous region where I grew up and freezing to death was an actual possibility if one were to be as arrogant and ignorant as the story's protagonist, but it is the best and most horrific description of numbness that I have ever come across, and it's stuck with me for decades.