Happy Friday, Dear Readers!
As we approach another weekend, let’s flex those creative muscles with a new Fun Friday writing exercise. It’s been a while, and though relaxing is fine, we don’t want to get rusty, do we? I thought not.
Lately I’ve been thinking about superstitions. In spite of my extreme optimism, this year started off on a bad note for me. First, I was told by an appliance repairman that my oven could go at any time and is not worth the cost of repairing. Then my hot water tank went the way of the dodo bird, flooding my poor basement again. Of course the common sense-challenged fools who owned my home before I purchased it decided to put up a new wall beside the existing hot water tank, effectively blocking it in and preventing its removal. After a conversion and other charges for relocating the tank, I was out $1500. Ouch. Happy New Year to me. For some reason, my electrical/natural gas bill is also $100 more expensive than usual this month.
The last bit of bad luck? I lost my wallet on the bus this morning, so I’m out another $75 for a new bus pass, plus the $20 of change I was carrying. I was able to cancel my credit card, bank card, and Airmiles before anyone could use them, and I wasn’t carrying any cash, so I guess it could have been a lot worse, but still. More expenses I do not need!
So, what do you think? Is this a bad omen for the year ahead, or just a string of unlucky coincidences? Everyone I know seems to believe in some superstition or other. Even my ever-practical mother, who firmly maintains that she doesn’t believe in anything she can’t have insurmountable proof of, thinks that bad things happen in threes and that Kenneth is an unlucky name.
For this Fun Friday writing exercise, I want to know what superstitions you believe in. Do you get the chills whenever a black cat crosses your path? Believe the fortunes you get in those Chinese restaurant cookies? Feel that picking up a penny will give you good luck?
Is luck real, or just a state of mind?
In any case, please send some good luck my way. Looks like I’m gonna need it!