“If you drop a dishrag, someone nastier than you is coming to visit.” Did y’all know that superstition? Neither did I! I can’t remember who visited the last time I dropped a dishrag … but when I do remember, I figure I will have the “dirt” on them.
I’ve told you before that I am not superstitious. I don’t know if you are. If you are not, you can join me in giggling about these. If you are superstitious, then you are out of luck: almost everything you do causes misfortune! The last couple of weeks, I have been collecting superstitions so that I could share some of them on Thursdays. This week it’s what I call “household superstitions,” and there are hundreds of them. I’ll share thirteen, because that is my lucky number.
- “Never put shoes on a table or a dresser. If you do then bad luck will walk with you.” My grandmother always went ballistic if we even thought about putting our shoes on the dresser. I believed at the time that she just didn’t want to have to wipe up any dirt we would leave behind, but now I realize it was superstition that drove her protests. I would add that it’s probably bad luck to try to even put on shoes like these, unless you enjoy danger. I’m just sayin’.
- “Never give a knife as a housewarming present, or your new neighbor will become an enemy” (and you will have just given your enemy a lethal weapon!).
- “If you move the furniture in your sitting room every month, you will have good luck.” Unless, of course, you throw your back out-of-whack … that is bad luck.
- “The rocking of an empty rocking-chair indicates the coming of bad luck.” It also indicates that you just might have a spirit and probably need to hire yourself the Ghostbusters … unless you see this after imbibing “spirits.”
- “It causes bad luck to have two clocks running in one house.” I am in serious trouble … I collect clocks, and have several running in each room.
- “Do not knock on your own door.” I don’t know what happens if you do.
- “To hang up the calendar before the old year is out will bring you bad luck.” I keep my calendar on the iPad … I don’t know how the superstitions translate to the new technology.
- “It causes bad luck to jump out of a window unless you jump in again backward.” Let’s just not jump out of any windows, OK? I’m pretty certain that jumping back in again is going to result in a broken leg.
- “It causes bad luck to sit on a pair of scissors.” Really? Somebody had to make up a superstition about that?
- “Stabbing your needles though your yarn balls brings bad luck to anyone who wears something made from that yarn.” I know a lot of people who knit and crochet, and I hope you are reading this!
- “Crossed cutlery on your plate means you can expect a quarrel.” Is the solution to eat with chopsticks?
- “Place an acorn on a windowsill to protect the house from being struck by lightning.” The acorn will attract bugs which will eat your windowsill, but at least you are safe from lightning.
- “Italians often believe that having a bird in the house brings bad luck.” I have five cats who would love to test that theory…
Now, if all of these superstitions are starting to make you as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, don’t panic! There are ways you can protect yourself. For instance, you can grow a pot of ivy inside the house, which is supposed to protect you from evil and hexes (unless of course, you have a brown thumb and kill it). You can also break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle. I would suggest, however, that you only break one spell at a time so you don’t get dizzy and fall … and I would further advise that you NOT wear the shoes shown above while trying to break the spell!