Friday 13th — is it for the Birds???


rudy oct 08We are a superstitions lot and it seems many people do harbour at least one particular superstition. Never take the third light was a popular one in my childhood. Maybe because everybody smoked in those days? maybe because the memory of the 1st World War was still relatively fresh in the minds of the people that lived through it.  I believe it originated in the trenches, a sniper would spot a soldier striking a match to light a cigarette,  then holding the match out to his two buddies, the sniper began aiming on the second light and fired on the third. If you got shot that would be unlucky! I don’t suppose it mattered what day it was. I see avoiding the the third light as good sense rather than bad luck. Walking under a ladder was another superstition, although it too seems more like common sense , who would want to be hit by falling bricks, slates, paint etc. There are hundreds more, like burning ears, someone is talking about you, itchy palm, you are coming into money??Shiver and someone walked on your grave.  However today we have Friday 13th, there does not appear to be a solid reason behind this particular superstition. Perhaps because Jesus died on Easter Friday 2000 years ago, Fridays have for many years been thought of as an unlucky day and the number 13 an unlucky number.. Some buildings do not have a 13th floor and there are probably a dozen other reasons to consider Fridays unlucky. It is a strange thing because most working people look forward to Fridays regardless of the date, it signifies the start to the weekend and it is often pay day. Whatever the reason for today, I intend to carry on as usual. If this is the last time you hear from me you can assume some dreadful event has overtaken me for not believing. But just to be on the safe side I better go find my rabbits foot. Bah Humbug!!! superstition is for the Birds, (fingers crossed)

God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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