In August, we talked about the southern way to forecast weather, as us mountain folk have little faith in today’s meteorology. We also mentioned that we should keep our imminent forecasts to ourselves when abiding in the big city – 1) people will just think you are a hillbilly (a fact that we are trying to minimize) and 2) the big buildings, smog and lack of similar landscapes tend to skew our forecasts; making us look like dumb hillbillies.
I thought it pertinent to also speak on the Southern folklore that shapes our everyday life. I mean, city folk just don’t have these superpowers and must rely on science to predict their futures. I know, right! Weird. We know that birds and owls can predict death, we know what foods to eat on New Year’s Day, we know what to steal from our neighbors to cure our ailments, we know how to ward off evil spirits and everyone knows to cross your windshield if a black cat crosses the road in front of you! But the sad fact is that city folk just don’t know these. 😦
Some of these you may share with the city folk and some you probably shouldn’t. I’ll let you decide.
These are just 10 to make you smile…and a little homesick!
- After your haircut, bury your hair under a rock to make it grow back thicker.
- Always go in/out same door.
- Death comes in threes.
- If you dream about death, it’s a sign that a wedding day is near.
- If two people put spoons in a cup at the same time, they will be married.
- If your noses itches, then someone is coming to see you.
- Never let a swing stop moving on its own or someone you care about will die.
- If your hand itches, then someone is bringing you a present.
- Wind chimes will call up the dead.
- If you walk on a grave, you will be haunted by that person.
That is all for now. I’d love to hear some of the superstitions that you grew up with, so that I can pass them on to my kids! You can never be too careful.