Not Really…

Are you superstitious?

I grew up with my mom having old wives’ tales that she would say and as a child, I trusted her wisdom. Some that I remember were: going outside with wet hair you could catch a cold, cracking your knuckles/fingers would give girls fat fingers, and chocolate causes acne. Though, I don’t consider myself superstitious, I don’t crack my fingers, go outside with wet hair and I am not a chocolate lover. ☺️

My mom also lived by rules like, eating black eyed peas and collared greens with New Year’s dinner for good luck, having a man enter the house first on New Year’s Day, thank you to my uncles who obliged my mom on this one. And, she didn’t wear white after Labor Day, though she did relinquish that some for “winter” white.

I loved and adored my mom and would honor her by following the many “superstitions” or wives’ tales she told. It was fun growing up with my siblings and the five of us trying to keep up with them all for my mom.

By Pamelap


5 thoughts on “Not Really…

  1. Chocolate can give acne too those prone to having them, and going in the cold with wet hair can cause the body temperature to lower, leaving it vulnerable to the germs living inside our body. The rest are just old wives tales.


  2. No, which is surprising when I think about how superstitious my great-grandmother was and the things she would do to ward off the evil spirits.
    I remember like it was yesterday. I had scarlet fever, something which was rather common when I was a child. My great-grandmother first lit a tea candle and placed it on my chest, then proceeded to draw a birdcage in ink on my earlobes. Inside the cage she drew a bird but made sure to leave the door to the cage open so the bird could fly away and take with it the evil spirit (the fever) that was in my body.
    No, I am not suspicious. Neither do I believe in coincidence. Everything happens for a reason.


  3. I wouldn’t say I’m superstitious, but we do eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day, and I still never wear white after Labor Day. I also grew up believing the fat knuckles myth and that chocolate causes acne. It’s funny how things that were instilled in us during childhood somehow stick with us. I enjoyed your post.

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  4. I fully endorse your views, Pamelap. Mothers and grandmothers had their own sets of beliefs that had their own reasonings and relevance. I didn’t believe that it was a bad omen if a black cat crosses my road, but I believed my mom, and that was my way to respect her.


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