On a chilly afternoon April 13th I sat across the table from my grandson celebrating our birthday. My thoughts drifted into different areas of the gift of family. It was then that I silently wondered, “is there any meaning or significance to the number three (3) that’s dominated so many dates-of-birth in my family.?”
Seven (7) of eight (8) seems worthy of knowing. For the fun of it my interest to finding its significance, if any, was ignited.
It’s been said, three (3) is a complete cycle unto itself. It is, (past, present, future). (beginning, middle, end). (birth, life, death). Three (3) is the Holy Trinity of (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) and Jesus spoke of His three-fold role. (The way, the truth and the life).
In any case, since my first grandchild and I celebrate the same birthdate, I’m taking a moment to give thanks for a few of my many blessings. Thanks to God for life and His faithfulness to me and mine. For His loving kindness, grace and mercies and forgiveness of my sinful self. Blessings such as my parents, even though they may have fallen short. Blessings like the gift of children, even though, with few exceptions I’ve had more grief than I wish to remember.
Thankful for a child whose good behavior and excellent grades were appreciated but I’m yet to say “thanks”. So today I say “ Thank You” to my first-born Baby Boy and lifelong friendship.
Often times with life and limb on the line it’s hard to keep self and sanity together. For me taking a deep breath, pausing a moment and thinking about SILLY unimportant things, puts a smile on my face. Things like the above subject matter. Or, my funny looking toes that my sister nicknamed “ginger root”. My mother’s reminder to never count the number of failures, just keep trying until success happens.
These are all silly and insignificant things that brings a smile when thought of in a light-hearted way. The weight of life must be carried with a smile, otherwise we will find ourselves burdened and angry.
These Seven (7) of eight (8) family members with that certain number in their birthdates are:
My parents, my husband, my three (3) sons, one of them the trend breaker, a grandson, and of course moi (me)
My enthusiasm was not without a low point. Sharing my observation with my second son tickled his dry sense of humor and he couldn’t contain his laughter. He called it “idleness” and suggested his “Mother” find something meaningful to do. Too much free time on my hands. I call it “embracing my reality”
So, in no particular order, here we go. My father, a loving and humble farmer was born on March 31, my first son, academically driven, meticulous, with a love for knowledge (a philosophile) was also born March 31.
My mother, strong-willed, complexed and misunderstood, was born on November 3, my second son, naturally gifted, unstoppable, detail-oriented, always striving for perfection, was born October 3, my husband, intelligent with a magnetic personality and a creative mind, was born August 31. Then came my first grandson, uncomplicated with his captivating smile and good looks, he joined the pack on April 13, all of them sharing one common trend - the number (3).
And with fierce determination here comes my third son, who thought enough was enough. Making an early entrance on May 2nd and tactfully breaking the trend.
But wait - there’s me, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma, great grandmama and friend. My daring entrance was on April 13, an Arian “Mars” - Fearless, emotionally strong and simply delighted to be a branch on this unique family tree. And may I add my year of birth also has the number three (3) in it.
So, with all the (3’s) and the (2) that broke the trend, we are “UNIQUELY US”. My appreciative heart overflows with gratitude for the unrecognizable joy that, you and you and you and all of you brings into my life. And if the opportunity never presents itself again. I say here and now “I love them all with an everlasting love”
Side note: Writing this Post may seem silly to some, but I had loads of fun and laughter and a heart filled with joy as I idly pen these words.
Appreciation & thanks to my family.
1 : Pause for a moment and smile- the weight of life can be a burden
2 : Take a moment to give thanks for life and blessings
3 : Love with an everlasting loveCategory: Family / Subcategory: Me and Mine
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