one little word (written last week)


Today the word finds me and an unusual word it is, but a personal favorite. For years, actually, I’ve loved it.

Drumroll, please do it with me… (bang your hands like drums on your desks for three seconds and finish by putting your hands together, stretching your hands to the sky, and saying WOOSH as you bring your hands down to your sides). Some of you may be tried this for the first time!

My kids in my classrooms, from kdg- 8th grade did this every time we were about to learn something new. And I sometimes do it on my own in my cozy office alone—but not lonely with my wall of books and my favorite girl, Apple, under my fingertips.

Today I should have been driving and focusing, but I started wondering when my word would find me; then suddenly it was there, a word I haven’t talked about probably since the day I retired.

My word for 2021 is THREE. It is an unassuming number, a little lonely even though it is surrounded by two and four. I remember as a young mother, I couldn’t wait until Emily and Jeff graduated to age three. Young mothers of today don’t like three much more than two and my grandchildren were affectionately called ‘threenagers’ by their parents (my grand’s were smart and sneaky at the age of three).

“But why then three, Nancy?” you might ask.

It’s hardly distinguishable in spelling from tree.

It’s so simple, not even pretty in different fonts.


But girls, I happen to think of the beauty of the Three Little Pigs, Flicka, Ricka and Dika, Moe, Larry and Curly, The Three Little Peppers and How they Grew, Nancy, Julie and Carol (my sisters)—to name a few.

Writers!!! Let’s not forget BEGINNING, MIDDLE AND END. We teach it, we love it, we treasure it.

But , wait a minute here is the main reason for my choice:

This is why I’m devoted to the #3. I know you are all trying to guess.


“NOOOO… IT’S NOT THE BATTLE PLAN FOR CORONAVIRUS, face covering, physical distancing, frequent handwashing.”

… drumroll for at least three seconds…

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

and “no, they didn’t take the last train to the coast”  Bye, Bye Miss American Pie

These three will be my everything in the year 2021 and after.

If you don’t know them, you may want to check them out because my God, three in one he is faithful,—moment to moment to moment

in the hard, and in the joy, he remains the same…


PS I’m adding this today… so many weeks of 2020 have been horrific, but storming the Capitol will go down in history and my Triune God has been stalwart in my search for meaning. This morning I pulled up a greatly respected author’s blog. She is masterful in her writing. It is long, but worth it.  In Days Like These…













About Nanc

lifelong teacher who is semi-retired (does this sound better?) who loves God, family and laughing... who hates social injustice... who wants to write every day... who needs to exercise every day... who blog hops... who wants to live her everyday life led by her savior, Jesus Christ!

6 responses »

  1. I just took a moment in my day and read your post. I had a smile and chuckled a little bit with your thoughts. But, your reason boosted my HOPE (my one little word) for today. Thank you! #3

  2. Dear Nanc: This is just the post I needed today. Your effervescent humor, your exuberant faith – they’re a supercharger for the weary heart! A mini revival! Three is a fascinating word – with the ultimate reason being our triune God. He is in control, never slumbering or sleeping… ever near. In the Bible three symbolizes wholeness, perfection, completeness, fulfillment. I couldn’t help thinking also of the Power Of Three as it relates to fairy tales, etc. I have pulled up the article you shared and I will read it this evening. Thank you for being a blessing of encouragement and joy.

  3. Reading this was so fun and energizing! I loved the way you took us through all the three possibilities, and your actual reason was so full of faith and hope. “In the hard, and in the joy, he remains the same.” So true and so wonderful!

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