This morning I knocked on wood when talking to my 9-year old because we noted he’s gone the entire year without forgetting to take his school-assigned laptop to school. He asked me what on earth I was doing. It just seemed like we couldn’t talk about streak like that without then backing it up with a knock on wood. But I don’t consider myself a particularly superstitious person. Some of them are downright silly, right? I mean, when a black cat crosses my path, my first thought is to chase it down and pet it, not dread the bad luck coming my way. And I’ll walk under a ladder all day long.
I’m pretty sure that’s not clover and none of these have four leaves, but we’re rolling with it because the image was free.
I didn’t have to link most of these superstitions, in fact. We know most of these because they’re oral traditions that have been passed down from one person to another. Who else goes one more step and puts that lucky penny in their shoe for the rest of the day? I’m not sure if this is a regional thing, but it’s a lucky thing for brides to do – wedding days are steeped in superstition and traditions like this. And – like me – you probably pick and choose your superstitions. The number 13 doesn’t affect you in the least, but the sight of a black cat in your path will fill you with dread. Much of this will have to do with your own family’s and friends’ traditions.
Besides, look how adorable this black cat is. Who decided we should fear it crossing our path?