As most of you know by now I’m not the superstitious sort. I don’t believe in ghosts and goblins, omens or the guiding hand of fate. Things don’t happen for a reason, outside the reason we assign each happening thing. As such, Friday the 13th is just another Friday – which doesn’t suck – and just another #13 on my calendar.
Personally, I’m a fan of the #13. My Rams team won their only Super Bowl, to date, with a #13 as their quarterback. He’s now in the Hall of Fame. It’s a prime number, and those are always cool. Plus, it’s a happy number, and if you understand anything about me by now, you know I’m all about happy.
I understand the contempt of the number, though. So many things we’ve known are based on 12, that breaking the wall of dozens can be scary. There are 12 months in a year. 12 ounces in a standard beer. 12 hours in a day, 12 in a night. Jesus had 12 apostles. There are 12 eggs in a standard carton. The greatest QB of all time wears #12.
So, it’s scary to break the twelve barrier. I get that.
But, when you think about it, there are benefits to breaking through. The baker’s dozen was invented, essentially, to get one extra something free for every twelve purchased. We all wish there was an extra hour in a day, for production or relaxation. There were thirteen people hanging out in Jesus’ club, if you count Jesus himself as #13. Everybody loves more beer. Nobody likes the greatest QB of all time.
But I do. I like ol’ #12, and I like the #13, as well. Need more reasons why? I’ll give you 13:
- When we leave our childhood behind, for adolescence, we’re generally 13.
- After 12 years of primary and secondary education, we graduate to our 13th level of education.
- The Italians love it. 13 is their lucky number, and who doesn’t love Italians?
- Triskaidekaphilia is more fun to say than Triskaidekaphobia.
- There were 13 original American colonies, and America generally doesn’t suck.
- My favorite Antonio Banderas film is The 13th Warrior.
- Apollo 13 showcased Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise AND Ed Harris in some of their finest roles.
- There are 52 weeks in a year, which means each quarter-year, or standard season, has 13 weeks.
- The American flag still has 13 stripes on it.
- There are 13 Archimedean solids. Archimedean solids is also fun to say.
- “Once in a blue moon,” which denotes a generally fortunate but rare occurrence, gets its meaning from the rarish year when we are blessed with 13 moons instead of 12.
- 13 is an odd number, and odd numbers are more powerful and wise than even numbers.
- My wife likes the number 13.
If I had time to extrapolate, I’d give you 13 more reasons why I like Fridays. But I don’t think I have to. You already like Friday, for all the right reasons.
So have no fear today, my friends. Make this a day of celebration. Make every day of your life a day of celebration, if you can.
It’s not like you get 13 tries at this thing. 😏