The significance of three

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.

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5 responses to “The significance of three

  1. Happy Anniversary!

  2. I love how you always can come up with an interesting idea to write about. It takes me forever (it seems) to come up with an interesting topic to blog about.

  3. I gotta follow your blog more often! I have said for years that my favorite number is 3. I am the third child. When doing science experiments, always do at least 3 trials, and the most important is the Trinity – In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Here’s to three and many many more years together. Happy Anniversary.

  4. minnesotatransplant

    Jeanne, my “secret” trick is my mother, who lives in Minnesota. When I’m stumped for something to write about, I think about my day and what I would tell my mother about it. It works for her, too, because I know she feels more in touch with me by reading my blog every day.

  5. Congratulations on the 3rd anniversary!

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