Rule of three.

The number three is a magic number in writing–it’s  not too small and not too big.        ~ Brandon Royal

The number three has been gnawing at my consciousness for several days.  I’m not sure why.  In fact, I’m not sure where I’m going with this post.

I have three daughters and 3×3 grandchildren.  I have three sisters and all three of them have had three significant-other relationships in their lives.  Fortunately (or not?) I haven’t caught up with them and I have no plans to do so.

I found this image of the three little girls walking and it brought back sweet happy memories of being the mom to daughters.  My older two are very close in age (15 months apart) and the third is seven and six years younger than her big sisters.  This image is reminiscent of the three of them walking through the airport to catch a plane.  The two older girls acting as surrogate mothers to the youngest, their dad and I walking behind them.  Dad probably stopped and took a photo of them.

Back to the number three.  I did a little research to learn whether there is any significance attached to groups of three.  The first thing Google brought to my attention was a rule of three which relates to writing.  I also know that there is a color rule of three that many quilters pay attention to in their designs.  According to an article by Patricia Fripp, “we use this ancient mathematical law of proportion in ways we don’t even think about.”  She goes on to mention a number of historically famous people who used it in their writing or public speaking:  Abraham Lincoln, Aristotle, Lewis Carroll, and many others.  Wikipedia calls it a “principle that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers.”  (I wonder if they used the word that three times in one sentence because of the “rule.”)  Wiki also says that comedians use threes to establish a pattern, coming up with a surprise on the third element in order to make us laugh.  Example:  “How do you get to my house?  Go down to the corner, turn left, and get lost.”  I consider this example very useful for you who are finding only duds as you get back in the dating world.  If he wants to know where you live, use this.

A few more thoughts on having three daughters:  The three little girls grew up.  They are now my three very best friends.  Each is individually wonderful and a delight to spend time with– sometimes in person, sometimes on the phone, and sometimes in my thoughts and dreams and prayers.  Triple amen!

Note:  I think this post is called a ramble.  If you’ve read this far, thank you.

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12 thoughts on “Rule of three.

  1. Hi Hallysann. Thanks for dropping in. Come again any time.

    We do have lots of tidbits, or trivia, in our brains, don’t we? You’re right–groups of three look better than even numbers. And I’ve heard that if your space demands more than three then you should at least put an odd number.

    Life is fun.

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  2. Enjoyed your “ramble” thanks.
    Apparently bulbs planted in the garden in groups of three look more natural than 2’s or 4’s.
    Isn’t it amazing the little bits of information we store away in our brains just incase we might need it someday. 🙂

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  3. Hi Jeanna. Thanks for your comment. I seldom think “threes” without thinking of that most important one. And thank you for subscribing. I’ll try to be worthy. BTW, go with the running shoes. 🙂

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  4. As you know, I also have three daughter’s and, without doubt, they are my greatest treasures. As to quilting, I can offer no opinion on it, though I’ve always admired those who can do it. I love your rambling so just keep rambling and I’ll keep reading

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