Let me step out from under this ladder where I’m petting a black cat and tell you that I’m not superstitious at all. However, I have a fondness for superstitions because my mother was unbelievably superstitious. I think this is because she was an only child born to a middle-aged couple. My grandparents were actually born in 1882, and my mother was the spoiled darling of them and their elderly siblings and friends.
I’ve always thought it was weird that I–a child of the volatile Sixties–had grandparents who were born just 17 years after the Civil War ended. My grandfather told me stories from his youth such as seeing Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
Many people in that era were superstitious. When I helped my mother write her memoir in 2008, just 2 years before she passed, she wanted to include a chapter on Superstitions. I was amazed that there were so many bad luck omens that ruled peoples’ lives.
Excerpt from Memory Lane, My Mom’s Memoir
My mom’s memoir contains a long list of superstitions. Here are 13 for Friday the 13th.
- To drop a dish rag means you will have company.
- Telling your dreams before breakfast makes them come true.
- If you lay a coat on the bed, someone will die.
- If the palm of your right hand itches, you’ll shake hands with a stranger.
- If the palm of your left hand itches, you’ll receive money.
- A rooster crowing on the roost means a death.
- If your right eye itches, you’ll have good luck.
- If your left eye itches, you’ll have bad luck.
- If you give a knife to someone, you’ll cut your friendship in half.
- Spilling salt means a family quarrel.
- Find a penny, and you’ll have good luck.
- Sweep anything out of the house with a broom after dark, and you’ll have bad luck.
- Never sweep beneath someone’s feet or they’ll never marry.
So have a chuckle or two over superstitions and make Friday the 13th a day to have fun instead of anxiety. Better yet, chase away bad feelings with some feel-good romance novels like those in A CHRISTMAS SHE’LL REMEMBER. It will be a holiday collection YOU’LL remember. Get it today for the pre-release price of 99 cents. This set will publish on October 19.
About Joan Reeves
Joan is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. All her fiction have the underlying premise: It’s never too late to live happily ever after.
Joan lives her happily-ever-after with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. They divide their time between the hustle and bustle of Houston and a quiet house in the country where they grow wine grapes and fruit trees while battling gophers, skunks, coyotes, deer, and the occasional copperhead snake.
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