There's something special about the number three: the triangle is the strongest shape. Grouping things together in threes makes them sing. My first experience of this was when an artist friend gave me a decorating tip: 'use three shades of your chosen colour,' she said, 'even if you can't see they are different it will give depth.' So when I moved into this house I took her advice. I painted all the rooms white (it was the 90s!) but used three shades: new white, off white, and lily white. I wasn't sure if it made a difference to anything more than my bank balance and sanity, but, sure enough visitors seemed much more comfortable here than they had in the last house. Several commented on how lovely it was even though it's a pretty ordinary, rather small, conversion (i.e. not actually a whole house at all).
I've since come across this theory in rhetoric and literature as well as the visual arts. Three is the golden number, it seems.
Today I have two threes to celebrate. The first is the third birthday of Edith, my best friend's daughter. Edith is a delight who has three passions: Hello Kitty, ballet, and animals. Happy birthday Edith, you will go far!
Secondly, it is the third anniversary of this blog which has proved a massive turning point for me, having connected me to so many sympathetic, empathetic, like-minded, convivial, supportive, people, I never have to feel alone, if I don't want to. Today I realise that this means I have had to take more responsibility for my life: I can no longer stamp my feet and wail, 'no body understands me!' because I have concrete evidence that a great number of people do. I've had to let go of the consolation of being an oddity, and embrace (the new consolation of) being part of a world-wide tribe.
Blogging itself comes as part of a glorious three, along with philosophy, which I began to study in 2004, and writing, which I took up in earnest just over two years ago. As the three whites acted on the rooms in my house, so these three have acted to make me feel my life has depth.
So, chin-chin, bottoms up and cheers to the power of three.