Just the other day I broke open an egg and there was a double yolk. I hadn’t done that in years. Was there some kind of omen that went with this happening? I was remembering some of the household superstitions people used to say. When a knife was dropped, expect a woman caller and when a fork is dropped, expect a man caller and the direction the fork pointed was where the man was to come from. No, I’m not superstitious and always people would laugh when they repeated these sayings they had heard all their lives. In fact, these go way back to the year, 1756.
Let’s get back to my breaking open a double yolk. When I related this event to other people I mostly heard of their good fortune, like cracking open triple yolks, and some recalled doing this several days in a row. I liked the fun remarks others made, “It means you killed two chickens,” said one person. “It makes your breakfast bigger,” offered another. And another comment was “Your cholesterol was increased.” Going back to the first comment we could talk about abortion here and that life begins at conception and aborting this young life, or egg, is killing a baby. Or course, the egg I broke open for breakfast was not fertilized, so that comparison can’t be made.
What this incident did bring to mind was how often “double” is used as a descriptive word in the English language. Although mothers do not always like hearing it, “double
trouble,” is what rolls off the tongue when twins are met. “Double the giggles, and double the grins and double the trouble if you’re blessed with twins.” A mother’s response to these could be, “double the blessing” or double the fun.”
If a marching band is told to get “on the double,” they are to shift into twice the normal marching speed. When “double” is used as circus slang, it’s a performer who also plays in the band. An actor who plays two parts in a play is called a “double.” A two-base hit in baseball is also a “double.” We’re getting a double dose of politics lately. Agree? If you can bend your joints more than the average person, you are “double jointed.” There is double-acting baking powder, a double date, double
spacing on a typewriter, double-wide trailers, double sinks, double doors, and double-barreled shot guns. The list seems endless, so I’m sure readers of this blog can suggest many others.
The Bible warns us about the double-minded man. In James 1:6-8 we read about the person who has double standards, has no deep seated convictions about anything. He is unstable in all his ways. We don’t know where he stands and neither does he. This is a man who pretends to have qualities or beliefs but does not really have them. He is a man who doubts, not sure of anything, and sadly not sure of his salvation. Here is where the use of the word “double” explains a serious situation when the ways of the world take a person’s focus away from God. Beware of becoming a double-minded person.
Returning to the lighter side in our discussion. I’ve thought of another way the word “double” is used. Have you ever doubled-up, bent over, as in pain or laughter? I began this shirlandyou talking about our fine feathered friend, the chicken, but there has been
no mention of the duck. Somehow I don’t expect this little joke will double-you-up with laughter, but maybe it will bring a smile to your face. What do you call a box of ducks? A box of quackers. By the way, I’ve never eaten duck eggs. LOL