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Ready... set... go... Bring on the 4's!

Updated: Jan 13, 2020


I like numbers. I used to work with numbers. I find them relaxing, fun, easy flowing. They're dependably accurate (think rockets to the moon and back, computer code, etc.) and numerology intrigues me.


Call me strange, but I all the time count things and take note of numbers. Like ten steps between landings but eleven on the last; always squeezing my eyelash curler to the count of twelve; when cooking and my grandmothers' recipe calls for a ploot, well that’s a pour or sprinkle to a semi-fast count of three; twenty-six rotations, three rounds, three breaths, three levels in Pangu ShenGong; breath work using various counts; heck, counting has been a god-send while in the throes of childbirth and passing kidney stones.


The sequence of numbers catches my attention when I look at a digital clock. I smile when I see 9:19, 10:10, 4:44, 3:03, 5:55, 10:01, 12:12, the well-known 11:11, etc. It’s like a hug hello from another dimension, it makes me feel good. And on one particular day, things kept coming up four.


I was having a slumber party with the grandkids Drake and Marlie-Jo, then 8 and almost 5. [gosh, I didn't realize until now their ages at that time even add up to four] As was the custom, we were all sleeping in one bed when my grandson Drake tossed his legs over my mid-section at 4:04 a.m. on the 22nd of February, 2015. That caught my attention.


Drifting back to sleep I had thought to myself: Hmm. 4’s. We're four here in the bed too: two grandkids, me, the dog. Game on. ... zzz...


Ready ... set ... go ... Bring on the 4's


My granddaughter stretched and her little feet smushed into my face at 4:27 a.m. (for some reason this girl always slept laying in the opposite direction).


I don’t typically add up numbers during the wee hours of the morning but since 4’s had already caught my attention I did. And what did you know it added up to four.


As I fell back to sleep I wondered if the next time I looked at the digital clock would I find more references to four?


Another body part invaded my sleeping space. That time it was a full-on body-hug with a leg over mid-section, arm over the neck, and cheek to cheek snuggle at 5:53 a.m. Another four.


Then, in that barely conscious sleep state where you are aware you’re rolling over but not fully awake? Curiosity urged me to open my eyes and glance at the clock: 7:51 a.m.


Four times coming up fours: the 22nd (2+2=4), at 4:04 (true, it doesn't add up to four but the number four is surely emphasized), 4:27 (4+2+7=13, 1+3=4) and 7:51 (7+5+1=13, 1+3=4).


And don't forget the other references to four: four bodies in one bed and the age of the grandkids.


Years later at 9:31 a.m. a Facebook reminder on the 22nd of February, 2017 appeared and now again, this 4th of January, 2020 (add 'em up folks, more references to four), Paul suggests we write about something related to four!


Thank you, Paul, for your blog theme suggestion that elicited the memory which has again left me feeling magically hugged from another dimension.

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