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She’s into superstitions, black cats and voodoo dolls (but sadly doesn’t bang…)

SuperstitionsThis one is for you Magzy, my little felinophobic

I have a confession to make that although I may regard myself as a somewhat rational person, I have a few kinks.

Case in point, years ago I’d have to park my car near work, but some mornings it was a tedious act of circling around looking for someone to drive off and put me out of my misery.

There was, however, one sure way that a parking spot was right around the corner:

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A black cat (but I wasn’t all too bothered with the exact colour) would cross the road right in front of me.

As far-fetched as it may sound, each time one would appear within my line of vision I was guaranteed to find a spot on the next round.

For the record I firmly do believe that there’s more than mere superstition at play here:

Black magic?

Voodoo?

Fortune-telling traffic-regulating felines?

Cat’s getting ready to take over the world one parking spot at a time?

I’m either becoming a superstitious fool or slowly transforming into the village witch- just call me Baba Jaga 😉

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I also grab a button when I see a chimney sweep, but seeing I don’t actually live next door to Mary Poppins, that’s perhaps a moot point.

Of course, there are people who are superstitious about a number of things.

My mum won’t change the sheets on a Friday nor will she willingly make an appointment to see a  doctor (irony of ironies, her weekly chemo is schedule for that day…).

She will sit down, at least for a few seconds, when she’s had to come back home after forgetting something.

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Some superstitions are just common sense:

Don’t walk under a ladder (or the bucket will drop on your head)

Don’t open an umbrella indoors (or you’ll take someone’s eye out)

Don’t crack a mirror or when applied, your eyeliner will end up all dodgy

The there are superstitions that differ in countries and regions:

In English they say that bad luck comes in threes, in Poland they are actually paired.

We knock on wood but in Poland it’s important that the wood is unpainted/bear.

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In English you cross your fingers, in Poland we “hold our thumbs” for good luck.

As a child raised in 2 cultures I have actually perfected the art of simultaneous finger-crossing/thumb-holding to double my chances and I bet at least a few of you are trying it out this very moment 😉

Yup, Poland may be a bit of an odd country because we regard being pooped on by birds and stepping in dog crap as a sign of good luck and prosperity, so think of that the next time you’re washing sh*t off your new coat or shoes…

The reason that I bring all of this up is that today as me and my pups were driving home a black cat appeared.

Granted, it didn’t cross the road but rather ran alongside us for a few meters, but I’m taking that as a good omen.

Over to you:

What are the superstitions in your country, which ones bring you luck?

Because what’s left is shame…

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I’ve written this post a thousand times in my mind, but I promised my sister that I wouldn’t write it in anger, I think there’s been much too much of that lately.

There’s been such ugliness in the past few days I think many of us find it hard to actually comprehend.

I think much has been said before in other posts, so I won’t be rehashing the events.

I think this is a good moment to go back and think of our own decisions, actions and  reactions that have led to this point.

I’m not pointing fingers at anyone but myself.

By ignoring  what others were doing I allowed for the situation to escalate to the point where I actually feel ashamed of myself.

Would it have made a difference if I spoke up?

Probably not.

I would have ended up under fire too and I genuinely thought that people would get bored of hurling abuse and would move on to something a bit more creative.

No excuses, though.

As it stands now, I feel like many of us are proclaiming the fandom/bullying equivalent of “I smoked but I didn’t inhale”.

I didn’t participate but I did nothing, I coward away because I was afraid at what I’d find and what I’d learn about people I considered my online friends.

I don’t know about you but I want to take this time to think about what I can do in future to prevent such horrible things from happening again.

I’d also need to apologise for being such a shitty friend.

I should have been the one to try to protect you from the horrible things people where doing and it turned out you were protecting me so I wouldn’t be disappointed when I learned of their true nature.

I think we could all use a moment to think, I know I do…

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