By Ashourina Slewo
“I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” – Michael Scott, The Office
The notion that black cats and broken mirrors bring bad luck are some of the most common superstitions. Our community has its fair share of superstitious beliefs. You’ll find, however, that like most things in our community, these superstitions are a bit exaggerated and at times, laughable.
Even as laughable as these superstitions can be, many of us still find ourselves playing into and believing them.
As a kid, nothing got me more excited than when my right hand would start itching. The belief was that if your right hand was itching – you would receive money.
It was never a coincidence that shortly after, my favorite non-grandpa grandpa would show up with ten dollars just for me.
It was also never a coincidence that my left hand would start itching right after I got the money. The left hand itching signified the loss of money.
What can I say? A girl needs her ice cream.
Another superstition that still gets me to this day is the upside-down shoe. Some of my more eccentric elders were always yelling at me to never leave a shoe flipped upside down – it was disrespectful to God.
This is a tough one. My rational mind tells me that this is just another silly superstition, but the khaltoo in my head is screaming otherwise. So, I flip any upside-down shoe I see, just in case.
By far, though, the weirdest superstition has got to be getting pinched on the butt when certain people would compliment me. Another one of my eccentric elders would pinch my butt when certain friends or family members would pay me a compliment to “ward off the evil eye.”
I’m still not sure what this means or why it was necessary to pinch me so hard I’d bruise.
Another popular superstition, one I still find myself doing sometimes, is knocking on wood for good luck. I have a sneaking suspicion that no one really knows why we do this or how it started and is done more out of habit than anything else.
I’m sure I could go on and on about dozens of other over-the-top superstitions, but they’ll only get weirder and I’ll just get more confused.
What are some funny superstitions you can think of?