On Sunday, my husband and I went to a neighboring state to eat lunch at our favorite Chinese restaurant. As we crossed the state line, I asked automatically, "Did you hold your breath?"
He logically asked, "Why?" My illogical answer: "For good luck."
When my sister and I were growing up, our mother always advised us to hold our breath as we crossed the state line. What could possibly be the reasoning behind that superstition? That it's lucky to bring a lungful of your own state's air with you when you cross? How long is the luck supposed to last anyway?
It got me thinking about other holdovers from childhood that I still practice without thinking. Most of them involve wishing:
- Blowing a stray eyelash off your fingertip and making a wish.
- Pulling a chicken or turkey wishbone and making a wish.
- Blowing out birthday candles and making a wish.
- Wishing on a shooting star.
- Throwing a coin into a fountain or well and making a wish.
Those are all the ones I can think of off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are more family superstitions lingering in my subconscious. What about you? Do you have any superstitious habits held over from childhood that seem silly now that you're an adult? What are they?