Are you uncomfortable with no. 4?
Trust a clergyman to come up with a saying like “Better late than never”. This oft repeated phrase has become such part of our everyday speech that we rarely give a thought to who came up with it. Today while jumping into the Ultimate Blogging Challenge, I chanced upon it. And being the nosy person that I am, decided to see who said this. It was Matthew Henry, a 17th Century English clergyman who came up with it.
So, as they say, better late than never.
I joined the Ultimate Blogging Challenge in October/November of last year. I can’t remember which month it was. I’ve been so disoriented for the past year that the days have morphed into one big mess. I kept up with the challenge fairly well till I abandoned it half way, literally in the middle of the month. This was largely because I had no time and strangely for another reason.
Somehow I figured out that Paul Taubman was from Sommerville, literally a stone’s throw away from where I was in New Jersey. I mean how dumb is that? What difference did it make where he was and where I was?
It made no sense.
I wanted to reach out and say – Hi! I’m in the neighbourhood.
But then what?
Somehow, I was just paralysed and I completely gave up the challenge.
Four is the perfect balance
I thought that being back in front of my desk top, in my familiar surroundings, it would be easier to keep to this challenge but then again, the 1st of January slowly became the 4th! (For me in India it is already the 5th but I can take advantage of this time difference).
Today’s prompt got me thinking of how 4 completely balances a table. Four completely evens out a family. Four walls make up a perfect room. 4 o’clock is the best time for tea . Four is a perfect square.
But yet, I strangely don’t like the number 4. Weird as it sounds, I’ve not always had the best relationships with people whose birthdays are on the 4th. But 4 is a number we cannot ignore. It comes after 3 and just before 5. Does the date of birth really affect the personality?
I often wonder if I’m the only one who has an irrational feeling about people born on the 4th.
Are you bothered by those born on the Fourth?