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Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023
Good morning to you!

“Step on a crack, break your mama’s back.”

I believed that childhood superstition, and I didn’t want to cause pain to my mother, so I made every effort to avoid stepping on the sidewalk cracks. Mom still had back pain. I blame it on my siblings.

That wasn’t the only superstition I had — or maybe still have. I don’t walk under ladders, I am extra careful to not break a mirror, and I don’t open umbrellas indoors. Call it whatever you want; I call it better safe than sorry.

But, for whatever reason, I never worried about a few other superstitions. I liked to play with black cats. I rarely waited an hour after I ate to go swimming. I frequently cracked my knuckles. And I crossed my eyes for minutes on end, and they never stayed that way.

On the positive side, I still have an old horseshoe, and I make sure it is hung with the open part facing up. I also have a 40-year-old four-leaf clover pin that I am convinced still has some magic in it. And I can’t seem to part with a small Hawaiian good luck statue a friend gave me as a child.

Meanwhile, I was at an industry conference a few weeks ago and was having coffee with a Floridian friend. He noticed I stirred my coffee with a fork and pointed out how that was bad luck. I told him I never heard that one before, but now I can’t get that darn superstition out of my brain. I never realized how often I used a fork to stir the creamer in my coffee. I should say how often I used to use a fork to stir the creamer in my coffee. Seriously, I now set the fork aside and seek out a spoon. At least most of the time. When I do use a fork, my back hurts. Could there be a connection? Or are my kids stepping on the line to break their daddy’s spine?

I better polish up that horseshoe.

How about you? What superstitions stick with you? Send me a note and let me know.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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