Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lucky 13

Lucky 13?  You may be asking.  Isn't it unlucky?  Well, I certainly hope not!

The number 13 has bounced around my family in the form of addresses, birthdays, times of birth and even as the Route # next to my last place of employment.  This past Monday has marked my 13th wedding anniversary ... so it darn well better be lucky.

So, no, I do not suffer from Triskaidekaphobia.  Although, it is fun to say.  On a quick Internet search, I discovered that I need not fear this number.  For as many examples of bad luck associated with 13, there were equally as many fortunate beliefs.  The problem humanity seems to have with the number dates all the way back to ancient times.  As the lunar cycles were counted in relation to the solar calendar, there were supposed to be 12.  But it wasn't exact.  Every four years, there would be a 13th full moon.   In biblical times, Jesus plus the 12 apostles at the last supper equals 13.  It has been said Judas who betrayed Jesus was the 13th to arrive.  In modern times, the number 13 has been worn on the uniforms and jerseys of an impressive group including Wilt Chamberlain, Dan Marino and Alex Rodriguez.  Taylor Swift born on December 13th often is seen wearing the number on her hand in concerts.  There's no doubt this number has a certain mystique about it.  After all, the age of 13 officially, for better or worse, begins the teenage years.

So, is 13 lucky or unlucky?  Like everything else in life, it's all a matter of perspective.  Having a choice in the matter, I'll bet on the side of lucky.

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