Cautiously optimistic …

Yes, I’m superstitious.  And that’s why I try to be careful about making predictions.  Prognosticating.  Assuming.  Planning ahead.  Counting my chickens.  Because the last thing I want to do is jinx bearmyself.  Put a hex on things.  You know.  Screw things up.  And then curse myself forever and a day for having such a big mouth, for blowing it.

So let’s just say the signs are all pointing in the right direction.

Saturday, while I was out and about, I could see that restaurants and cafes had their terraces open; and, people were out there, enjoying the weather.  The streets were packed.  Old folks, Continue reading

Day 34. Bizarre Beliefs

My palm was so itchy this morning it woke me up.  I looked to see if I had a rash or dry skin.  Nope.  Well, I thought to myself:  “I guess that means I’m coming into money.”  It was a tantalizing enough thought to get me out of bed.  No dawdling.  And then I thought that maybe I’d write about superstitions today.  So I did what I always do.  I Googled them.

And that’s when I found out, for the first time, that if your left palm is itchy, you’ll come into money — but only if you scratch it on wood.  To my great pleasure, it was my left palm so that’s what I did.  Thankfully wood is in plentiful supply in my apartment.  Reading on, however, I discovered that it is, in fact, your right palm that has to be itchy in order for you to receive money.  Your left palm means you’ll be dishing it out.  Hmmmmm …

I apologize to all the members of my family and close friends with whom I would have shared my new-found wealth.  I just hope that scratching on wood doesn’t make it worse.  When you knock on wood it’s supposed to prevent bad luck, so that’s what I did.  Right away.  Hopefully it will all just balance itself out and I’ll be no worse off than I was before my itchy palm woke me up.

To distract myself from both my left and right palms, and what I might or might not have to look forward to, I decided to look into more superstitions.  Most of us are familiar with many of them:  Not walking under ladders, making sure black cats don’t cross your path, making sure you blow out all the candles on your birthday cake with one breath, four-leaf clover, Friday the 13th, finding pennies.  But I’m pretty sure that you’ll be surprised at some of what I found.  Did you Continue reading