Bianca lost three teeth last week and someone said, “That’s three. You are done with your losses this week.” She was confused by this “Bad Things Happen in Threes’” idea AND the fact that losing teeth is losing at all!
As a matter of fact, in Italy, the rich mouse and the tooth fairy visit so she was not looking to end her streak!
I spent some time pondering my daughter’s quizzical look. The fascination with statements such as “Bad Things Happen in Threes” must have something to do with a psychological need to believe the “bad luck” will end.
What if instead, we decided good things happen in threes?
What if we focused on “the third time’s a charm,” and “Tic tac toe, three in a row,” or, “snap, crackle, pop!”
What if we decided today to share the streak of good things that happened in our day at the dinner table with our children or loved ones.
Today I would say …
- I am so grateful that we had breakfast, lunch and dinner together today.
- I am so grateful that our families are strong and healthy and vibrant.
- I am so grateful for this day because this is my 100th blog post!
Guess what? During lunch, Bianca lost another tooth and said, “I guess good things come in fours!” And then at dinner, yet another tooth fell out, at which time her brother said, “I guess good things just keep on coming.”