RDP Saturday: THREE
Old English thrīe (masculine), thrīo, thrēo (feminine), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch drie and German drei, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin tres and Greek treis .
“So, how many children do you have, dear?” asked the older woman who shared the park bench with Rose.
“Three,” answered Rose, unsuspecting.
“THREE? What, you don’t know how to keep from getting pregnant?” The look on the woman’s face was disdainful.
“I’d be glad to refer you to a doctor who can help you. I mean, THREE children! I just don’t understand these people today who have such big families. Have they no self-control, or concern for the environment and our shrinking resources? Frankly, I’d be embarrassed if I were you!”
Rose stood, quietly gathering her things and calling her other two children to get ready to go home. Smiling, she looked up at her critic.
“Ma’am, I’m not embarrassed at all. We love our children dearly, and we’re hoping to have at least one more. I’m sorry that you disapprove. But, frankly, I’d be embarrassed if I were you.