The Other I

January 1, 2013

Happy 13 wishes

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 3:55 pm

I heard a snippet of conversation in the supermarket queue several days ago.  A friend wished another friend a happy new year.  The friend responded with a similar wish in return, and then added “But I’m quite worried.  Twenty thirteen doesn’t sound like a very lucky number.”

Now of all the things I worry might portend a hard year ahead, the fact that it ends with the number 13 is not one of them.

So my new years wish this year is that the very worst thing that happens to anyone who is reading this is that the year has a superstitiously unfortunate number.

Happy 2013!  May it last the whole year, all 365 days.



  1. And to you, Terry. And yours.


    Comment by pianomusicman — January 1, 2013 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Tom. Whatever else, I dare say it’s going to be an interesting year.


      Comment by Terry Sissons — January 2, 2013 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  2. wondering if triskaidekaphobia has some basis in the fact that in a twelve month year there are 13 full moons, and a woman on a 28-day menstrual cycle will be “unclean,” according to leviticus, 13 times a year. since the moon is a female symbol and witches fly at the full moon, i wonder if there is not a touch of pattriarchy here and that 13 has more to do with a fear of women and female witchcraft. undoubtedly, there are many more and even more reliable reasons or explanations for it. but of course i latch on to this explanation because it satisfies my prejudices! happy new year to you and your family!
    ps i think at one point there were 13 months and 13 zodiac signs – that gemini split into two signs. since i am a gemini, perhaps that explains some things in me!


    Comment by kateritek — January 1, 2013 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

    • I never knew all this about 13! But it sounds like a rational explanation. I think I’ll add it to what I call “what I know” unless somebody suggests a better alternative. Bet they don’t.

      Most importantly, let’s make the upcoming 13 as rich as we know how. (Though I’m still trying to figure out the best way of doing that — makes understanding 13 look easy by comparison, doesn’t it?)


      Comment by Terry Sissons — January 2, 2013 @ 10:44 am | Reply

  3. Since I was born on the 13th I’ve always consider that to be a good or even lucky number. So I’m pretty positive about 2013 or maybe it’s because I think things have just got to get better. 🙂 Or I have just come to the conclusion that I can’t do a damn thing about it. I don’t have the power or the time left. Happy New Year Terry!


    Comment by djc1 — January 2, 2013 @ 2:40 am | Reply

    • Thank you, Donna. And a *very* special 13th for you too.

      I know what you mean – we don’t have the power or the time — or even the wisdom – to transform the world. If Jesus or Gandhi or Martin Luther King or Mother Teresa couldn’t do it, I suspect it’s only realistic to accept that it is not – and never has been – our mission in life. But you know, I don’t underestimate the importance of the small acts of kindness and concern that even you and I can show. I think about how much the unearned kindness of others has changed my own life. It will never make the news. But they matter. I think they can matter a lot, though we will never know.

      But it’s not celebrity or fame that makes a life worth while, is it?


      Comment by Terry Sissons — January 2, 2013 @ 10:40 am | Reply

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