Superstitions are beliefs in ideas or practices based on the supernatural as opposed to the laws of science.
My mother was very superstitious and was always telling us not to walk under ladders because it was bad luck or that a black cat crossing the road in front of you was bad luck. She had a whole bag full of this stuff and she passed some of them on to me.
I have to admit I don't like it when I see a black cat crossing the road and can remember once a long time ago turning the car around and going in the other direction.
If I am walking down the street, I won't go under a ladder either!
Remember when we were kids and played hopscotch or walked down the sidewalk and we would say, "step on a crack, break your mother's back".
I can remember spending hours looking for four-leafed clovers because we thought they would bring us good luck and do toads really cause warts?
The cardinal is Kentucky's state bird and there are a lot of them around. I can remember a saying mother always had when she saw one of these birds. It went like this: " Red bird, red bird, one, two, three. Going to see someone you are not expecting to see!" To this day whenever I see a red bird, I think of this saying. I think I may have passed this one on to my girls because they say it, too.
Isn't is amazing how these things stay with us over the years? Do you have superstitions or remember some of your own?