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1:11, 2:22, etc.
By Christina M. Schumacher
In the early part of 2003,
my 15 year old son uttered a sound of exasperation while walking through
the kitchen. Normally, I wouldn't have paid it much attention as he
tended to be quite moody most of the time due to his age, but this sound
was different from what I was accustomed to hearing. I asked him what
was wrong. He pointed at the digital clock on the stove which read 3:33.
Shrugging my shoulders, I waited for him to explain what the big deal
was. Apparently, for about six months, every time he passed a digital
clock, it would read 1:11, 2:22; 3:33, etc. It had gotten to the point
where it was truly bothering him though I really found it quite
harmless. Without much sympathy, I told him that if it bothered him that
much, not to look at a digital clock. This was kind of difficult,
however, as the stove and microwave were both digital and he refused to
wear a watch. The only clock in the house that wasn't digital was in my
For the next several months, I would hear him make that
sound of frustration and knew immediately what it meant. The digital
clock had gotten him again. I have no knowledge of when it stopped for
him, but I began noticing that when I would take a break from my
computer to go into the kitchen to refresh my coffee, the digital clock
on the stove would read 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, etc. I didn't think much of it
until I began seeing these numbers two and three times a day. Suddenly,
I understood my son's frustration, but it also piqued my curiosity.
Sometime shortly after this, my youngest daughter, then
seven, called my attention to the digital clock on the stove. It read
2:22. I remembered that she had been with us the day that my son told me
that he had a problem with the clock. Despite this, I asked her why she
had pointed it out to me and she stated that it had been happening to
her a lot. She didn't only see the numbers that my son and I were
seeing, but also 10:10, 11:11, 12:12, etc. That did it! I was hooked!
At my first opportunity, I asked my son if he was still
seeing anything on the clock. He said no. I asked him when it had
stopped and he thought that it had been a few months earlier. After some
calculations, I determined that it appeared that my daughter and I began
seeing the numbers about the time that my son had stopped seeing them. I
couldn't be completely certain of this, but I knew the timing was close.
This could only mean one thing! However it worked, my son had passed it
on to us which released him from what we had begun to term "the clock
curse". But why? What was the purpose of seeing those numbers at all?
I mentioned the situation to my mom, my other two
daughters (ages 12 and 20) and a few other people in the hopes of coming
up with similar stories. I didn't receive the information that I'd hoped
for. They listened, thought it was odd, but hadn't had any kind of
similar experience. I kept seeing the numbers each day and knew when my
youngest saw them too as the sound she made nearly mirrored the sound of
frustration that her brother had made.
At some point over the next month or so, my youngest
daughter stopped seeing them, though again, I couldn't say exactly when.
I continued to see them just as often, however. Some days, depending on
my mood, seeing those numbers would frustrate me, and other times, it
would just drive me crazy wondering why I kept seeing them.
I had been living with this mystery for about nine
months or so when I finally discovered another person who had been
experiencing the same numbers on the digital clock as I was. His name...
The Night Watchman. We began dating in January 11 of 2004. I thought
that I might be able to pass the clock numbers on to him as my son had
done inadvertently to me and my youngest daughter. All I had to do was
have him look at the numbers when they came up. We discussed it first,
however, only for me to find out that he'd been seeing the numbers for
several years. Neither one of us could come up with a reason for it, but
as the months rolled on, it continued to happen - even when we were
I began working on gathering stories for more books and
the first category was "Odd Stories." To get the idea across of what I
needed for this category, I gave a brief description of my clock
situation. The stories began coming in for all of the categories, but
one of the stories hit close to home for me in the clock area. The story
was entitled "315" and is the story before this one in the Number
Stories section. Due to this story, I began to look at the clock numbers
differently. They were no longer just numbers, but messages, though I
still wasn't certain what they meant.
A week or so later, I was awakened in the morning,
before my alarm clock went off , by someone telling me to look at the
calendar while keeping the clock numbers 1:11 in my head. I'm certain it
was a dream, but nevertheless, it woke me. I got up, went to the
calendar and turned the pages back to January. There it was staring me
right in the face. I had written down when the Night Watchman and I had
begun dating. It was January 11th or 1:11. Needless to say, I was
excited by this find, but still unsure of its meaning. Not having
anything to compare it to, I had only my own speculations.
The Night Watchman and I both continued to see the
numbers on the clock, both together and apart, regularly. I had another
dream that I looked at the clock and it read 5:55. I panicked, actually
sitting up in bed and shouting, "The Night Watchman is late for work!" I
startled the Night Watchman who had been sleeping soundly beside me. He
jerked upward to look at the clock which read only 10:30 p.m. I
apologized and we went back to sleep. The next day I contemplated the
dream, but could not come up with any reasonable explanation for it.
The numbers 4:44 and 5:55 became constant images on a
daily basis. My life was changing as I decided, due to finances, to give
up my home to my ex and find a home to rent. It was difficult finding
one large enough for three kids and myself, but harder to find one that
would let me keep my Schnauzer. Finally, I had a nice house rented and
it was time to move the furniture. My son and I had moved all the boxes
throughout the previous week, so the furniture moving only took two
loads on a trailer. We were done much faster than I expected with only
five of us to move it all. Once finished, the Night Watchman and I went
up town for a drink. As we sat at the bar, the Night Watchman wrote out
"It's 4:44," he said as he looked at me.
There was no digital clock in the bar, the Night
Watchman did not wear a watch, and my watch was not digital.
Seeing my confusion, he said, "April 4 of '04."
It clicked for me immediately. The wheels began
turning. Here I had two situations coinciding with the clock numbers and
major changes in my life. The first was 1:11 when the Night Watchman and
I had gotten together, and the second was 4:44 when I'd moved from the
home I'd had for eight years into a new home that I didn't own. Amazing!
I began to think back to the previous April of 2003
when my live-in from eight years decided to leave me. At that time, I
spent a lot of time talking to my Spirit Guides and asking if I would
ever have a normal, happy life. I wanted to know if I
would ever meet someone that would stand by me and allow me to do the
same. I played with the tarot cards asking the same question and they
continually told me that I would have to wait until November, December
and January. It was shortly after talking to my Guides and asking for
some kind of sign that they could hear me that I began seeing the clock
numbers, but obviously, I didn't put two and two together right away.
Fast forwarding to March of 2005, I began
delving into the numbers again for this website. I was determined to
have some kind of explanation for myself, and others, to explain why
these numbers are a part of our lives.
The first step was to keep a journal through March.
This journal was not just of number sightings, but of
what went on throughout each day to try to coincide the numbers with
some event. Though time was a factor (no pun intended) due to my
fulltime job, website upkeep, email sending, kids, house and ghost
investigations, I actually managed to get all but two days logged for
the month of March.
The results are as follows:
10:10 - March 1 (twice), March 9, 18 and 24.
11:11 - March 11 (twice), and March 19.
12:12 - I never saw this number through the entire month.
1:11 - March 1, 13 and 28.
2:22 - March 6, 7, 9, 11, and 29.
3:33 - March 4, 6, 9, 15 and 27.
4:44 - March 21 and 27.
5:55 - March 3, 5, 8 (twice), 9, 22 and 25.
While keeping track in the journal, I was also
researching on the web anywhere I could find information about numbers.
In this research, I noticed that many people were also seeing 666, 777,
888 and 999, but I had not experienced this. Toward the end of the
month, I saw the number 777 on March 26, 888 on March 27, and 999 on
March 27. Coincidence? I'd say yes, but I don't believe in coincidence.
Obviously, I cannot put the entire journal in this
article, but there seemed to be patterns for the Night Watchman and I in
these numbers that popped up throughout the month. Had I kept track of
what he had been seeing as well, it might have given even more insight.
What we have determined so far is that each number represents something
important within our lives and gives us the "heads up" a day or two
For us, 10:10 seems to be the number of reassurance. No
matter what happens, if 10:10 appears to us, we know that everything is
going to work out just fine. We are not at all sure about 11:11 as yet.
However, it was interesting that it showed up twice on March 11. In
looking back at the journal for these dates, I spent those days mostly
alone as the Night Watchman had work commitments. This is significant
because we aren't often away from one another. The number 1:11 seems to
coincide with our relationship with one another and what we are doing
together to further our futures. This was the date that we came together
and seems to keep holding the pattern. It seems that the meanings of
2:22 and 3:33 are eluding us in meaning. Looking back at the journal, it
seems that 3:33 has something to do with friends as the number always
pops up on the day of or the day before we speak to a certain couple we
are close to. I have an inkling that 2:22 has to do with money as each
entry where I saw 2:22 had something to do with either spending money or
gaining money from somewhere. We've determined that 4:44 has to do with
major changes in our lives. For example, I saw it on March 21 and my
second granddaughter was born March 22 at 6:39 a.m. Remember, above I
mentioned that the numbers give us a "heads up" a day or two early.
Rarely does it happen the day of seeing the numbers.
Now we come to 5:55. This number is one that we've come
to dread seeing, although I suppose that we should be thankful in some
way, but I haven't determined how to be thankful as of yet for this.
This number appears to be a warning for bad things to come. Upsetting
situations, heavy duty arguments, unusual circumstances with the kids -
that kind of thing. Oftentimes, I will see 10:10 either a day before or
a day after seeing 5:55 which tells me that things will turn out okay no
matter what comes our way, but it doesn't make that dread of not knowing
any easier. The Night Watchman believes that if we both see 5:55, then
the warning is canceled out. This seems to be the case unless we see it
on the same clock at the same time. When this happens, it is best for us
to heed the warning and to make sure that we don't allow ourselves to
get into a fight which is about all we have control over when this
number pops up.
Keep in mind that just because this is how the numbers
seem to work for us, it doesn't mean that we are totally correct in our
assumptions. However, with more information to continue our
investigation, we hope to be able to unravel this mystery even further.
For those who only see one number or two numbers on a
regular basis, try to decipher what is happening to you at that moment
and time and keep track if you can. Something may be staring you right
in the face that you never thought of before. I've also heard from some
that when you see the number, you should take a deep breath, and
concentrate on that number for a moment. Some say when you do this, you
will receive a message of some sort. Maybe verbal, maybe a picture in
your head, maybe just a thought, but it may work. I have never taken the
time to take that brief moment as usually the numbers are seen when I am
quite busy or there is much noise around me. At these times, I don't
think to take that moment, but I am going to attempt it soon, just to
see what happens.