I grew up in a superstitious household. To this day I still don’t walk under ladders, put my shoes on the table, break mirrors or open an umbrella inside. I’m guessing many of these superstitions were invented to discourage you from doing certain behaviors, but it’s hard for me to separate out the reason from the superstition. I still vividly remember breaking a lipstick tube mirror and worrying more about the seven years of bad luck than the broken glass.
I never realized how superstitious my family was until I met my husband. He comes from a much more scientific family — but I have still managed to get him to say “White Rabbits” on the first of the month.
In case you didn’t know, if the first words you say on the first of the month are “White Rabbits”, then you’ll have good luck for the rest of the month. There are lots of variations… some people think you can say “white rabbits” as early 12:01pm… some people count whispers… some people think it’s fine as long as you say it after waking up (even if you wake up in the middle of the night). I say it all of those times just to be safe, but my husband likes to say it as the first thing in his normal voice when he would normally wake up — that’s the most common variation I’ve ever come across.
So happy White Rabbits to you! May you have a month of good luck.
How superstitious was your family growing up? Did you become more or less superstitious with age?