Find a penny, put it in your shoe, and you’ll have good luck the whole day through. Did you ever try that and did it work?
Many years ago someone told my grandmother that elephants were lucky and she believed it. She was told that by having elephants in her house she would never be broke, she would always have money. She believed that too.
I can remember all the way back to my childhood, there was this big ceramic elephant that stood on her living room floor for several years until it somehow got broken (lucky elephant). My grandmother is still collecting elephants and continues to believe that elephants bring good luck and keep her from going broke.
When you walk into my grandmother’s house you will find a variety of different plants and elephants of all kinds everywhere (the pedestal of her dining room table happens to be, you got it, an elephant); the elephants are of different shapes, sizes, colors and some are crystal, some ceramic and I believe some are wooden. It’s definitely a jungle in there!
There’s just one thing I’m trying to figure out. If elephants keep a person from going broke with as many elephants as my grandmother has and has had for many years…
…Shouldn’t she be a millionaire by now? If one elephant brings good luck and keeps a person from ever being broke, two elephants should bring increase of money, three elephants should bring an abundance of money and when you get as many elephants in your house as my grandmother has surely millionaire status follows. Oh well, keep doing what you do best Gran. Collecting.
I don’t believe that I have one single stitch of superstition in my body. I am the type of person that goes above and beyond to prove that superstition is simply a way to give people false hope or keep them in fear. Let’s take a look at the superstition list.
That is an automatic seven year bad luck sentence! Come on now, mirrors can only do two bad things to you; a mirror can cut you (if broken and not handle properly) or let you know how attractive you might not be. That’s it.
Friday the 13th
Unless you live near Crystal Lake, I really don’t think you have anything to be concerned about.
Black Cat Xing
If a black cat crosses in front of your car, that’s bad luck (don’t know what kind or for how long but, it’s bad luck ). Does your luck worsen or does this rule apply if you run over the black cat that’s crossing in front of your car (accidentally, of course)?
Opening Umbrellas Inside
I like to wait until there’s a room full of superstitious people sitting around comfortably, lounging and open up an umbrella and watch their panicking faces. Oh, and the remarks and comments that come after the initial shock. It’s great! I just know that a mother with young children came up with this superstition. She began to envision that opened umbrella being swung around a couple of times and everything that she had worked hard for from lamps and knickknacks to wall décor being wiped out in a matter of minutes.
Purse on the Floor
This is another one that my grandmother lives by. “Don’t put your purse on the floor or you’ll stay broke.” Watch out ladies, some of ya’ll are about to go into overdraft!
Splitting the Pole
Ah, another favorite of mine. Superstitious people will go out of their way to keep the two of you from splitting the pole. I’ve walked with people that have split the pole with me but, suddenly stop and go around the pole to keep from splitting the pole. Newsflash. Too late, we have already split it!
Step On a Crack
Remember this one? “Step on a crack and break your momma’s back.” I remember as a child going out of my way sometimes to avoid cracks in the sidewalks. Well, that is, if it wasn’t a day that my mother had ticked me off. On days when she had punished me or hurt my feelings in someway, I’d intentionally step on a crack and even back up for a redo! I’m proud to announce today, that my mother’s back is in good condition.
This is an old one. If you allow children to sweep the floor, they will sweep up unwanted guests. I don’t have any children sweeping around my home and most of my guests are unwanted guests (salesmen, the begging neighbor, the friend that was just in the area and thought she’d drop in)! What am I doing wrong?
When the palm of your hand starts itching you’re about to get some money. In order to receive the money that’s coming to you, you have to spit in the palm of your hand, close it and rest it under your shirt on your bosom. My response. “Yuck, you’re nasty!” Try some soap and water to get rid of that itch.