A recent discussion about old wives' tales on one of the Networking Sites I frequent got me to thinking about all of those little life warnings my mother passed on to me as a child. I know now, as a baby boomer, that most of what she said isn't true, because most old wives' tales were used to discourage unwanted behavior.
But when you're growing up, mom's words are like the Bible and you didn't dare question them.
Here are some of the ones I remember:
If your nose is itching, someone is talking about you.
If you hand is itching, that means you are about to get money.
A cat will steal your baby’s breath if you let them near a newborn.
If you cross your eyes, they will get stuck.
If you hold a aspirin between your legs you wont get pregnant.
If you keep making an ugly face its going to stay that way.
Touching a toad will give you warts.
Drinking coffee will stunt your growth.
For African-Americans, drinking black coffee will make you darker.
Eating bread crust would make your hair curly
If a woman’s carrying low, it’s a boy; if she’s carrying high, it’s a girl.
A bat in the house is a sign of a death.
When you see a funeral procession go by, you have to make the sign of the cross or someone in your family will be next.
A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad sign
Step on a crack will break your mothers back.
Knock on wood so you don’t jinx youself.
If it rains on your wedding day, you'll cry plenty of tears throughout your marriage. Now that's the one I BELIEVE!
What about you? What can you add to this list?