Very superstitious, writing’s on the wall

Very superstitious, ladders bout’ to fall

Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin’ glass

Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past

– Stevie Wonder, Superstition

How many of us used to walk down a sidewalk and repeat, “Step on a crack, you break your momma’s back”? It was all innocent and fun as a kid, but did you know this superstitious saying that originated in the late 19th century was knee-deep in racism, “Step on a crack your mother will turn black”. This superstition in particular only applied to white people, and stepping on cracks in the sidewalk meant that you would end up marrying a black person and having a black baby. Well we already know that according to history, plenty of black babies were born from white men. Must have been a lot of crack stepping going on back then.

Whether you choose to believe in superstitions or not, there are definitely ones that we picked up during childhood. Til this day, my mother still talks about her fish dreams, but usually she mentions this after hearing about someone is pregnant, “Oh, I knew that’s why I was dreaming about fish about 12 weeks ago.” Yeah, how convenient for you to remember that now. She’s like the fetus whisperer or something, but a little bit behind schedule when it comes to realizing those fish dreams.

I can’t say that I’m a very superstitious person, but there are few things I don’t do out of habit. You’ll never find my purse on the floor. Not because I’m afraid I’ll stay broke, but because floors are dirty! What disgusts me is when I notice a purse on a bathroom stall floor. God only knows what’s on that floor. The hooks are put on the doors for a reason, but some women still refuse to use them.

Then there was that one time I attempted not to split the pole, but ended up walking into it. I have no idea how that happened, but I ended up with an Eric Williams’ sized lump on my forehead. Needless to say, I’ve stopped trying to avoid poles. A lump the size of a walnut isn’t easily fixed with concealer.

Are there any superstitions you adhere to? How did you learn about superstitions?

Tags:
Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter
  • Simone L

    In high school, a girl told me if I call people ugly, my kids will come out ugly. I didn’t believe that. And except for the first 24 hours of my daughter’s life, all of them came out gorgeous. BLOOP!!

  • at the back of my mind I think superstitions are stupid, but given that I grew up in Africa moved to Brtain and now I’m an adult some superstitions I still can’t shake and we’ve got loads. My mom won’t sleep without covering an open mirror ( I think thats silly), oh never leave a upside down shoe without turning it over (bad luck), I don’t write name in red. and Whistling at night too. Thats just a few of them

  • The superstitions in my family originated from my grandmother, who of course learned from her mother. But I still think about:
    not splitting a pole
    not putting my purse on the floor
    never stepping over someone
    to put at least a penny in any purse or wallet given as a gift, and
    never to buy your man a pair of shoes!

    I’m sure there are many more.

  • MommieDearest

    I grew up hearing about many superstitions. There are too many to list, and although I didn’t believe any of them, there were a few that I kind of observed “just in case.” One that I still observe today ,as more of a tradition rather than superstition, is eating pork, collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. It’s supposed to bring you good luck through out the year.

    In defense of “fish dreams,” I have to share this story. I was in the very early stages of my pregnancy, not showing, and no one knew I was pregnant except my husband. One day, one of my closest friends asked me if I was pregnant. I responded “why do you ask?” She said she dreamed the night before that she and I were frying up lots and lots of catfish. O_O I went ahead and told her I was pregnant. LOL!!