Greetings, dear Wordsmiths! What does the number 3 suggest to you?
It’s often said that three is a magic number – and, by extension, multiples of three. Be that as it may, it’s a number I like. I like finding instances of it in my life, such as when I lived for a while at a house with the street number 396.
As a mother, I raised three sons. As a wife, I’ve had three husbands! I only had children with one – but via my third husband, Andrew, I acquired my three (already grown) stepchildren, who have become my good friends.
The best off-line writers’ groups I’ve been in, for mutual support and for help with improving the work – one in the past, one in the present – have each had three members. The first one lasted years, even when we all lived in different countries and had to conduct it by email. Though we eventually moved on for practical reasons, we all remember it fondly. The present one is local. In this small town, we’re within five minutes’ drive of each other. It’s easy for us to meet in the comfortable home of the one who doesn’t have a car.
This P&SU community, which we all create by our participation, has had three stages of evolution – one when it was begun by Robb Lloyd as a loose connection of small support groups under one large umbrella; next as the ten years of Poets United, most of that time under the leadership of Mary and Sherry; now as Poets and Storytellers United, coordinated by a team of three.
The number three pops up in nursery rhymes, stories, songs and catchphrases too. Three Blind Mice, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Musketeers, Three Little Maids From School Are We, Three Coins in the Fountain, Third time lucky …
I’m sure you can find many things it suggests to you!
So this week’s optional prompt is to share a piece of writing on the number three, or which includes that value in some way.
Or, share something unprompted if you’d rather.
Guidelines: It can be old or new, verse or prose. Link us to your blog post via Mister Linky below. One link per person, please, and there’s a limit of 369 words (yes, a multiple of three) excluding title and notes.
Have fun writing and reading!
Next week, Magaly will invite us to write poetry or prose that includes dialogue.
(Image of hand by 'Sincerely media' at Unsplash)