Saturday, February 23, 2008

Superstitions, Old Wives Tales and Words of Wisdom

Below are some of the superstitions and Old Wives Tales I heard growing up from my mother, Lottie. Did you hear the same ones or different ones? Do tell.

1. When the sun is shining and it is raining and/or thunder and lightning at the same time: The devil is beating his wife.

2. If your hand is itching-That means that you are coming into some money

3. If your nose is itching-That means unexpected company is coming so start cleaning up.

4. Fish dreams means that someone is having a baby.

5. Don't go to the zoo when you are pregnant because the animals could "mock" your baby and it will come out looking like that animal-be it a monkey, giraffe or an elephant.

6. Animals know when you are pregnant, i.e. a bird or dog and they might try to attack you.

7. If you cut a baby's hair before his/her first birthday, they will have "bad" hair.

8. If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck.

9. If you step on a crack, you can break your mother's back or have bad luck.

10. It bad luck to cross a black cat's path

11. Never open an umbrella up indoors because it will bring bad luck.

12. You will catch your death of cold by walking around with wet hair.

13.If you keep making funny faces, one day it will get stuck that way.

14. Rule for determining newborn's gender :Girls are carried high; boys are carried low

15. Don't talk on the phone or turn on the TV while it is thundering and lightning cause you can get struck by lightning.

My mother is a very wise woman but I don't know how valid these tales are but they have been passed down through the generations. Now, here are some passages that have been passed down throughout the generations a lot longer in fact since the beginning of time from one of the wisest men to walk the earth, King Solomon and I KNOW them to be true!

Proverbs 1:8-9

8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and
do not forsake your mother's teaching.
9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a
chain to adorn your neck.

Proverbs 10:4-9

4 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

5 He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

7 The memory of the righteous will be a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.

8 The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

9 The man of integrity walks securely,
but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.


Anonymous said...

i've actually heard alot of these

Anonymous said...

I've been told if your ears are burning, someone is talking about you

Anonymous said...

I was told if you say someone's name on accident, that person is talking about you.

If the clasp of your necklace finds its way to the front of your neck, someone is thinking about you.

If a broom falls, pick it up and start to clean. Company's on it's way.

Anonymous said...

I was told that you don't bury the dead on Sunday as they will call for others to accompany them.

Anonymous said...

My mother use to say that if you drop a dish towel, shake it, if you don't want unexpected company.

Anonymous said...

I use to hear that if you put any piece of clothing on backwards, it will rain.