By Martha Reed
What does that mean? Well, while we were growing up my youngest sister had a superstition that if you said ‘rabbit, rabbit’ first thing the morning of a new month then you would have exceptionally good luck for the whole month. She used to tape notes on her bedroom door and on the bathroom mirror reminding her to say ‘rabbit, rabbit’ before she ran into any of the rest of us.
We, of course, her loyal, loving family did everything in our power to get her to say something completely different and blow her luck for the month. Families are like that. It’s how we show we care.
But thinking of this superstition (because today is the first day of the month and of course thirty-five years later I still have to say ‘rabbit, rabbit” dammit who can take a chance on a months’ worth of bum luck?) made me stop to think if I had any others.
Here’s my list:
- Touch glass (window) when going under a railroad trestle in a car.
- Touch the the roof of the car if there’s a train on the trestle overhead.
- Read the signboard on the LEFT side of the Smithfield Church downtown because whatever is written on it is a direct message from God. I'm not joking. And it has to be the left signboard, too, not the right. Evidently, according to my superstition, the right signboard has absolutely no divine meaning whatsoever.
- When playing poker, if early in the game I pull an inside straight (a bonehead move that drives my poker rival Meg frantic) then I will continue to pull hot cards and have a winning night.
How about you? Superstitions, anyone?