My hubs and I come from very different backgrounds, so we have an eclectic mixed bags of superstitions from our childhoods.
My dad's family came from Texas and they were practical people and I don't remember dad or his family passing any on to me.
From my mom there were certain "rules" that fit into the "tales" category.
- Never open an umbrella in the house.
- Never use the last match (my mom smoked the whole time I grew up and match books with only one match left could be found all over the house).
- Don't walk under a ladder, it's bad luck.
- Knock on wood when you say something that might tempt fate.
- Never clip your toenails or fingernails at night (they carry your code and if the night spirits get them they can work the devil on you). When our daughter was a baby I was sitting there with the teeny, tiny nail clippers one evening trimming her cute little toes. Hubs walked in and screamed at me, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING! It's dark out, stop clipping her nails!" I was all like, what the fuck?? Has he been drinking? When he explained to me why, I could not decide whether to laugh or be a little freaked out at what I had gotten into in this marriage. Then I remembered that to this day I do not open an umbrella in the house.
- One should not celebrate birthdays ahead of time. It could cause extreme bad luck and tempt fate to make sure that one does not make it through the next couple of days to said birthday.
Opening an umbrella in close quarters could knock over just about anything.
The nail clippings superstition still kind of creeps me out though. The idea of little spirit trolls lurking around my house for discarded bits of DNA....
For more spins on Old Wives Tales, head on over to Sprite's Keeper. Jen puts the list up on Friday.