I woke on 1st May and, having remembered to say ‘White Rabbits’ 3 times, had a satisfied feeling, ‘knowing’ it’s going to be a good month… but then I started thinking – why, what about saying that phrase means the month will be better than if I hadn’t said it? That thought has come back to me several times over the last couple of days so – of course I’ve decided to write about it…. see what you think.
There are some superstitions I dismiss as ‘silly’ and don’t do them but others I’ll follow, not truly believing them – or do I? Am I just following them out of habit, or is it a ‘just in case’? For example I’ll say hello to lone magpies, but do I believe that’s to ward off the ‘sorrow’ or is it just a bit of fun?? I count magpies too… using the magpie song – you know the one: 1 for sorrow, 2 for joy….. – but for me they don’t actually need to be together all at the same time, so if I’m driving and see one, then another down the road – that 2 for joy, right???
I’m OK with ladders, so long as there’s no one on top, I walk on cracks in pavements, black cats can cross my path all day long and opening an umbrella indoors – well how would you dry it otherwise – but I prefer not to plan major stuff for Friday 13th, and if my ears burn I think someone’s talking about me.
Superstitions aren’t the domain of ‘old wives’ handing down their tales though. I have a friend, John. Every morning when he gets to the office while waiting for the equipment to ‘fire up’ – he’ll log on and play a game of solitaire. If he completes the game before all the equipment is ready he ‘knows’ it’s going to be a good day, if he doesn’t complete the game but it was going well/easily – he also believes it will be a good day however if the game goes badly and he doesn’t complete it, the day is going to be dark, dismal… BAAAAAADDDD.
One of the later ones comes in the form of chain letters/emails – hate those suckers and I’ll break ’em all day long.
What about you, do you believe superstitions, are you chained to your bed on Friday 13th? – freeze when a black cat crosses your path? forever buying salt coz you chuck so much of it over your shoulder? – have you made up any of your own superstitions?