The song writer Robert Dorough got it wrong. He wrote:
Three is a magic number
Ya it is, its a magic number
Somewhere in that ancient mystic trinity
You’ll get three
As a magic number
You see a song like this with it`s happy clappy ding dong rhythm is all well and good to listen to you when life is giving you lemons. This is reemphasised when you notice it lasts a total of about three minutes to sing.
Yet it does not really cut the mustard when we think of the likes of 3 years in a normal person`s life.
Lets look at the evidence.
In the first three years of a human being`s life they go from only being able to lie down to running and jumping. Initially they have no idea of what words are and then, within that time frame, many can manipulate parents on the palm of their own little hand.
Teenagers seem to grow into young women and men from the early transition of chemicals that a 13 year old experiences to the heady times of sweet sixteen. Rather that look childish, many young ladies have a young woman`s physique while young men are strutting their stuff with wispy facial hair.
Young adults are often embarking on a college course and within three years they go from fumbling post primary students to university graduates with the world at their feet.
Yet many of these types of humans are going through natural transitions of development or are being led by teachers that have expertise.
But what then about those that are super humans?
That`s the bracket Tony Mangan fits into. Three years is a long time alone. Sure you may insist that he has been bumping into people everywhere he goes. You may also say he has the life of Riley as he seems to be a celebrity every where he arrives. Still though, he is alone.
Alone he may be but he is alone as a leader. Tony is leading the worldly message of ‘Early Cancer Screen Saves Lives’. He is doing this of his own free will. Doing it simply because he wants to help in his own way. He uses his superior athleticism to touch people, villages, towns, cities, countries and continents to ripple his Cancer care awareness throughout the planet.
Maybe Robert Dorough was right after all, especially when we keep Tony in mind?
The past, the present, the future,
Faith, and hope, and charity,
The heart, the brain, the body,
Will give you three,
Its a magic number
…considering that he has been walking the world for others for 3 whole years today, this song could be renamed ‘3 of a Tony Mangan’!