Old Wives’ Tales by
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Prompted By Superstition

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I’d never put a hat on the bed.

I hold my breathe when I drive past a cemetery.

When I see a nun in a habit,  I pull on my buttons.

I’d never walk under an open ladder.

I always bring the cup to the kettle,  never the kettle to the cup.

I never open umbrellas in the house.

When I can’t find my keys I turn a teacup over three times.

I’ll sew a button on a shirt while you wear it only if you chew on thread,

And I’d never let a black cat cross my path – unless it’s my own cat of course.

It’s not that I’m superstitious,  I just do what my grandmother told me!

Dana Susan Lehrman

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    There a few there that I’ve never heard of, Dana. And some you reminded me of that I’d forgotten. Thanks for adding to my list!

  2. These could work for a needlepoint pillow, Dee…well, I guess it’s too many words for a pillow, but a framed calligraphy-style poster for sure. Never heard of the hat, the nun, the cup, the keys, or the button…but I like them! Not that I’d do them…I just like them.

  3. Marian says:

    How cute, and there are new ones I hadn’t heard of here, Dana. Love the picture of your cat, too!

  4. Suzy says:

    Lots of new ones for me too. The cemetery, the ladder, the umbrella, and the black cat are all superstitions I am very familiar with. Which I guess means I hadn’t heard of the same ones that Barb lists. But it’s a great collection of old wives’ tales, and by all means do them to keep sane!

  5. And clearly it works for you, does it not?

  6. Laurie Levy says:

    We must have had the same grandmothers, Dana!

  7. Wow, you learn something every day. From now on, when I misplace my keys (which is almost every day), I’ll make sure and turn a teacup over three times. After all, none of my current search methods work with any consistency. And I’ll make sure to take the cup to the kettle. After all, if you take the kettle to the cup, you might spill some hot water on the cat along the way.

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