When something happens once, it is a single occurrence. When it happens twice, it could be just a coincidence. When it happens three times, a pattern has been established.
One is the loneliest number, and two can be as bad one — it’s the loneliest number since the number one, according to Three Dog Night. The ’70s band does not address three specifically, except in its name. According to Wikipedia, an indigenous Australian sleeps in a hole with a wild dingo when it was cold. On colder nights, one would sleep with two dogs. If the night was freezing, it was a “three dog night.”
Three has a certain satisfying rhythm. Waltzes are dances in triple time.The most frequently encountered chords in Western music are triads.
In fairy tales, three little piggies braved the big bad wolf and Goldilocks encountered three bears.
In the Bible, the Almighty is described as the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. In Easter religions, the third eye is a symbol of enlightenment and wisdom.
Three has significance for Minnesota Transplant today because I am celebrating my third anniversary with my Beloved. Three is a blink for some long-married couples, but I think every year is significant and should be celebrated. We’re past single occurrence or coincidence, and a pattern has been established.
Here’s to three.