Some people worry about black cats crossing their paths.
Blue jersey mom commented here today that black cats are the last to be adopted from animal shelters here in the U.S. because people think they are unlucky.
Since we just celebrated St. Paddy’s day, in honor of the Saint who in myth drove serpents out of Ireland, presumably to banish evil (though in many cultures snakes represent wisdom, and Ireland had no snakes) and we consume cereal called “Lucky Charms” in millions of bowls…and kids in my neighborhood grew up hopping over cracks in the sidewalk so as not to “break your momma’s back”, I got to wondering what superstitions you all grew up with, or practice?
There are thousands of them it seem, related to good luck and bad luck, weddings, funerals, and death, health, wealth, and longevity. Oh, and home run hitting too (athletes tend to be a superstitious breed)
In the class I teach, “Witchcraft, Magic and Sorcery” superstition and old wive’s tales are the topics this week. They always seem to be passed down by “old wives” and not “old husbands” – simply because old women are hags and witches, doncha know?
My students will be reading a study, Keep your fingers crossed!: how superstition improves performance., which was covered in this Scientific American article, Why “Magical Thinking” Works for Some People .
Of course this diary needs music, so Stevie Wonder seems like appropriate background sound for the discussion (from the White House no less…hmmm)