Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Three Is A Magic Number

It takes three legs to make a tripod or to make a table stand.
It takes three wheels to make a vehicle called a tricycle.
Every triangle has three corners,
Every triangle has three sides,
No more, no less.
You don't have to guess.
When it's three you can see it's a magic number.
Jiichan and your big sister, Maddie!

To My Third Grandchild (and second grandson!),

Hello! My name is James Nakamura. By the blessing of having your mommy as my daughter, you are my grandson. You will call me Jiichan. It's the Japanese word for grandpa. First and foremost, I want you to know that I love you deeply. You are a very special person to me and one that I hope to get to know very well. The fact that God created you to be a part of our family is such a joy. Know that I am proud of you and will treasure the times that we have together.

Three is a magic number.
Yes it is, it's a magic number.
Somewhere in the ancient, mystic trinity
You get three as a magic number.
The past and the present and the future,
Faith and hope and charity,
The heart and the brain and the body
Give you three.
That's a magic number.

Also, I am just as excited to meet you as I was to meet your sister and cousin. I feel so blessed that you will be in my family and realize the miracle that you have been created as a unique and special person. The cool thing in my mind is that you are number three. Three is such a powerful number that in the Bible it means to be complete. Somehow, God is actually three different people. It's hard for us to understand that, but He is. That just shows how amazing and powerful He is. So you being the third grandchild makes things complete to me (in a sense). Yes, your Jiichan can over think things so let's just leave it at this: I love you very much and it brings me so much joy to know that God created you. Like I wrote to your sister and cousin, I am Jiichan. What does that mean? Well I helped raise your mommy and to me she is one of the most beautiful and special people in the whole world. She brings me so much joy and love. It means that you will have me around to play with, get presents from and someone who will love you and be very proud of you.

3, 6, 9... 12, 15, 18... 21, 24, 27... 30.

Three time ten is... >> 30
Three times nine is... >> 27
Three times eight is... >> 24
Three times seven is... >> 21
Three times six is 18, three times five is 15
Three times four is twelve
And three times three is nine and three times two is six.
And three times one is three of course.

When I was a little boy, I loved Schoolhouse Rock. This was actually how I learned my times tables for the number three so this song always stick with me. Perhaps you will really be into math and we can sing this song together - I'd love to build a robot with you some day. Maybe you'll love sports and we can watch them and play them together. Maybe you'll have an amazing imagination and we can read together. It really doesn't matter to me. I'm just so excited to have time with you.
Your Mommy, Daddy and a special friend

I know that over the years I will shower you with gifts because that's part of what makes me happy is to give gifts to those I love. Most importantly, I want you to know that God gave you the best gift of all. He gave us His Son and He took away all of the bad stuff that is in our lives so that we can be free to know Him and He is truly the most amazing person of all. I hope that as Jiichan, I can love in a way that you will know this truth in your heart.

I'm so excited and look forward to meeting you soon.