Fun Things To Know and Do on a Third Anniversary
A Letter from HubPages
Several days ago, I got a letter from HubPages, saying:
"Hi jill of alltrades,
You have hit a pretty impressive milestone—your 3 Year Anniversary on HubPages!
Fun fact: Leather is a traditional gift given on third year anniversaries. Perhaps today is the day to splurge on a gorgeous purse or briefcase!
Start your next Hub now!
You may just become our next success story
What to Do?
"You have hit a pretty impressive milestone..." - oh this sounds so wonderful! What does one do on a 3rd year anniversary?
I got several choices - I could celebrate in the same way I did during my 1st and 2nd year anniversaries with the hubs: First-Anniversary-in-Hubpages-Celebrating-with-Rainbow-Colors and It-Takes-Two-to-Tango-and-Other-Two-Cents
Or, I could become introspective and do some self examination and discover what 3 years in HubPages has brought me. Maybe, I can write something funny about it or ... just totally ignore it.
Oh, but the second part to the letter sounds promising - "Fun fact: Leather is a traditional gift given on third year anniversaries. Perhaps today is the day to splurge on a gorgeous purse or briefcase!"
Maybe I can write about leather? Hmmm...that does show a lot of promising directions. It's really giving me food for thought as I have some encounters with leather.
The last part of the letter is even more exciting - "Start your next Hub now! You may just become our next success story"
Ah...that is indeed an exciting promise! It's one that conjures - money and fame! Isn't that what most of us want?
Writing and Photography
But is money what I want? If I am totally honest with myself, I'll have to answer "yes and no".
Why yes? Well, we could all do with some extra money here and there. Right? And if that is coupled with fame, why not?
Why no? Well, I started my HubPages journey just looking for a venue where I can express myself and share what I love doing - writing and photography.
So for the past 3 years, that's what I have been doing - write and share my photography. Below are some examples:
Oh, so I am following HubPages advise here - "Start your next Hub now!"
Hopefully,the second part of the advise, "You may just become our next success story" will come true!!! Hope springs eternal!!! I can dream, can't I? Hahaha!!!
Starting a New Hub on my 3rd Anniversary
I was tempted to write about leather but I don't have much material about leather yet. So I'll do that in another hub. Right now, I'll just write about "three".
If there is an expression that goes..."it takes two to tango" which I used in my 2nd anniversary hub, there must be an expression associated with three. So I did a quick search and found some interesting "three" phrases.
Phrases with Three
Two is Company; Three's a Crowd - usually used when you want to be alone with someone
Three sheets to the wind - a seafaring expression that means "very drunk"
Three strikes and you're out! - this is rather self explanatory.
Third time's a charm - when you try to persevere, your chances of succeeding is greater on the 3rd try
There are also some famous threesomes. I have listed some of them below
Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Three Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, Aramis
Three Wise Men or Three Kings - Melchor, Gaspar, Balthazar
Three Stooges - Moe, Larry and Curly
The 3 witches in Charmed - Prue, Piper and Phebe; Piper, Phebe and Paige
American folk-singing trio - Peter, Paul and Mary
Three tenors - Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti
The Threes of Greek and Roman Mythology
Greek and Roman mythologies are filled with three characters. So there are:
3 Gorgons - (Medusa, Stheno and Euryale) who are sisters with venomous snakes for their hair. Steno and Euryale are immortal but Medusa is not, and thus was slain by Perseus.
3 Greek Fates - Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos who represented white-robed incarnations of destiny.
3 Roman Graces - Aglaia, Euphrosyne, Thalia. They were said to represent beauty, charm and joy. The Graces presided over banquets and gatherings primarily to entertain and delight the guests of the Gods.
3 Roman Furies - Alecto, Megaera, Tisiphone - female spirits of justice and vengeance
3 Greek Harpies - Aello, Ocypete, and Celaeno. - used by Greek Gods to carry out the punishment of crimes
Three is Considered a Lucky Number
Three is considered a lucky number and that's why it is used in so many titles of stories, books, poems, rhymes and other things. Thus we have:
3 Billy Goats Gruff
3 Coins in a Fountain
3 Days of the Condor
3 Little Pigs
3 Bears in Goldilocks
3 Times a Lady
3 Men and a Baby
3 Little Kittens They Lost Their Mittens
3 Men in a Tub Rub a Dub Dub
Things are Presented in Threes
Faith, Hope and Charity
Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh
Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil
Past, Present, Future
Veni, Vidi, Vici
Small, Medium and Large
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Paper, Rock, Scissors
Snap, Crack, and Pop
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Of the People, By the People, For the People
The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth
Three is a Pattern in Stories and Jokes
Three is a common pattern in stories. For example, Cinderella has 2 wicked step sisters. Aladdin was given 3 wishes. Snow White's queen stepmother disguised herself 3 times.
A very common joke pattern is usually about friends of different nationalities. The two are usually foreigners and the 3rd is the national of the favoured country.
The 3 characters in a joke can also be of different personalities like a womanizer, a drunkard and a straight guy.
Three in My Life
I can't help but also think of the significance of "three" in my life.
Well, I have 3 children and 3 brothers.
I love playing bowling and the bowling ball has 3 holes.
I love photography and the rule of thirds is generally used in making an interesting and dynamic picture.
And of course it's my 3rd Anniversary in HubPages! That's significant, right?
If you can think of other important or significant threes, please share them with us.
Furies - Myth Encyclopedia - mythology, Greek, god, names, ancient, Roman, king, people http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Fi-Go/Furies.html#ixzz1vIaMOpNG
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