Am I superstitious?
A little bit, maybe. Mostly involving things that would otherwise be pure luck. Sports. Lotteries. Weather. But not really superstitious because I don’t believe anything I do will actually change an event, but I wish I could. If wishing would make it so! Viewing my answer to this, I think I’m pretty much not superstitious. Everyone has a little thing someone in them, though. All kids are at least a little bit superstitious.
Here are Patience’s questions — and my answers.
1 Do you knock on wood, or use something similar (like cross your fingers), for good luck?
No salt throwing, no crossed anything (except I use the words when I’m writing a story, but don’t actually do it).
2 Does Friday the 13th have any significant meaning for you?
Thirteen is a lucky number for Jews, but I don’t think any numbers are lucky or unlucky. They are just numbers.
3 What do you do with spilled salt, aside from cleaning it up?
Is there something else I should be doing? If so, I have no idea what it might be.
4 When you move into a new house, what’s the first thing you bring through the door?
Honestly, in all the years I’ve been in various new homes, I have never thought about it. There were a lot of rituals in Israel and I had to have our house exorcised because we failed to do the appropriate stuff. I thought it was pretty strange. Who knew? No one told me.
Superstition mountains, Arizona
5 Do you now, or have you ever, had a good luck charm? If so, what is it?
6 Is there any one thing that you refuse to do because it is “bad luck”? If so, what is it?
I never say “What could possibly go wrong?” ever because inevitably, fate will demonstrate what could go wrong. I try to not even think it. The same goes for “What more could go wrong?” and “We can’t possibly lose this game.” Something more definitely can go wrong … and you sure can lose that game, no matter how many runs you’ve accumulated!
7 There’s a ladder leaning against the wall and the only way to get to where you want to go is under it, what do you do?
Look up, make sure nothing will fall on me, then move on.
8 When you move out of an old house, do you leave anything behind, aside from memories?
Probably a ton of dirt and old canned goods. Is that lucky or not?
9 Does February 29th hold any significance for you?
Sadie Hawkins Day. Everyone knows that!
10 It’s the first day of the New Year, is there anything special that you should do?
I used to make a big, fancy feast. Everyone else had New Year’s Eve parties. I didn’t like driving on New Year’s Eve. Too many drunks on the road, but I figured by New Year’s Day, no one had much to do except recover from a hangover, so that’s when I had a party. These New Year’s Day party were traditional in England … 100 years ago, anyway. They were good parties.
11 What do you do with the “wishbone” of the bird you just cooked and/or ate? (if you’re a meat eater.)
When I was a kid, my brother and I used to break them with our pinkies. I’m pretty sure nothing much resulted from this activity.
12 Do you believe in omens, good and bad? Or do you think that they are self-fulfilling prophecies?
I think if you believe you are a failure, you are likely to be one. If people keep telling you that you “can’t” do whatever it is, you won’t be able to do it. Kids believe a lot of stuff, even if they don’t want to believe it. It gets stuck in their heads.
13 Would you ever open your umbrella inside the house?
Yes, because otherwise, they don’t dry off properly.
14 If you see a penny on the ground, what do you do?
Ignore it. They aren’t worth anything anyhow.
15 In your mind, are black cats any different than other cats?
No, but I’m nice to them. They’ve had a historically difficult time.
16 What, if anything, do you do when passing a cemetery?
I’m glad I’m not (yet) in it.
17 Do you believe in premonitions? Have you ever experienced one?
Yes, and yes. Death has broad wings and you can feel the sweep of them when they are near.
18 Your mirror broke! What do you do? Aside from sweep up the glass?
I don’t think I’ve ever broken a mirror, but I doubt I’d worry about it.
19 Do you avoid whistling indoors?
I can’t whistle.
20 A bird has flown into your home! What does it mean?
I try to corral it and move it out before the dogs eat it. The dogs are not superstitious, just hungry.
21 Do you avoid setting new shoes on the kitchen/dining room table?
Yes. Shoes are dirty. I eat on my tables. I do put them in the sink to clean them when they are muddy. I’d use the basement sink — if I had one.
22 Your palm itches for no apparent reason, does this mean anything to you?
No. The soles of my feet are itchier than my hands, so if that means something, let me know.
23 Someone has just sneezed near you, what, if anything, do you say to them?
Take your disease elsewhere. I don’t need your cold!
24 You happen to be in a field of clover and find a four-leaf clover, what do you do?
Say “Oh, cool! I found a four-leaf clover!” Then everyone says “Oh, wow, nice.” That’s huge.
25 It’s the last day of the Old Year, what should be done before midnight?
Kiss my husband, of course.