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Friday, December 14, 2001


Carlisle Comments:

Triple hitter

Many of us believe that three is a lucky number. Maybe it is and maybe it isn't, but did you ever notice how many things appear to come in threes? Here are a few that come to mind.

A haircut, a diploma and a job all at the same time I call that a mother's dream. Also, we wish our children to be healthy, obedient and smart. We often wish them to start life on their own, or at least out of the house, which leads to marriage, a home and a child. Although it can also mean a mortgage, interest and taxes.

Our kids want a license, a car, and freedom. The car, of course, is new, sporty and fast. The reality is insurance, payments and debt. Mom wants them to have a car that is heavy, strong and safe. For herself, she often wants a car that is reliable, economical and comfortable. A car and freedom in the teenagers mind can also mean dating, love and bliss, or love, acceptance and happiness. While the parents preach about choices, decisions and consequences. Mom is also thinking dating, pregnancy, single mother. So much for that kind of triples; I'm sure we have all experienced at least some of them.

Many churches teach faith, hope and charity, also the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Also peace on earth, good will towards man and the golden rule. It used to be that when we married, we promised to love, honor and obey.

In the food department we have knife, fork and spoon. Our food is cooked rare, medium, or well done. We eat breakfast, lunch and supper. We are offered coffee, tea or milk. Wine is red, white and rosé. We often enjoy an appetizer, a main course and dessert. And the dishes are washed, dried and put away.

Some other triples that come to mind are: large, medium and small; left, right and center (this applies to hair as well as politics); healthy, wealthy and wise; air, land and sea; good, better and best; and of course big, bigger and biggest. Who could forget the stop, look and listen signs at the railroad crossings? I once had a boss who said he did the three "esses" every morning before coming to work. I also think of "speak no evil," "see no evil" and "hear no evil." And now me, myself, and I have run out of triples and it's your turn to think up, remember and speak in triplicate.

I'm sure the list goes on and on, but that is the best that I can do at the moment.

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