“It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.”
Remember the Bud Light commercials and this mantra? If not, take a peek at the video.
As I wrote this post on Sunday, I had a short-sleeved Green Bay Packers #12 shirt over the top of a long-sleeved gold T-shirt. It’s been bringing the team luck the past few weeks; therefore, I continue to don the outfit so as not to cause a rip in the space/time/superstition continuum and cause the Packers to fail.
Superstitions and superstitious behavior isn’t solely relegated to football or sports. We all know it’s not safe to walk under a ladder or let a black cat cross our path lest it bring bad luck or an awful day. There are many superstitions that we either tend to give credence to or brush off as downright silly.
Do you have beginner’s luck or carry a rabbit’s foot in your pocket?
Have you ever been in fear after breaking a mirror or when the calendar page turns to Friday the 13th?
Crossed your fingers or knocked on wood for luck?
Worn the same power suit or red tie to several job interviews?
Do you twirl around three times, stomp your right foot four times, snap your fingers and rub your stomach while whistling the theme song to Friends every day to ward off demons?
(I may or may not have made that up.)
Superstitions travel the world and through time. From List25:
“In Medieval England, expectant mothers made what they called a ‘Groaning Cheese’ which was a large wheel of cheese that matured for nine months as the unborn baby grew. When the ‘groaning time’ or time of birth came, the whole family would celebrate by eating this cheese until nothing but the outer rind was left. The newborn would then be passed through the rind on Christening day to be blessed with a long and prosperous life.”
Sounds like something that might happen in Medieval Wisconsin to the offspring of cheeseheads.
“When photography was first invented in the early 19th century, people all over the world held the unfounded belief that taking someone’s picture was akin to taking his soul. Thus if an enemy was able to obtain a photograph of you, he not only held your soul but also held a spiritual power over you.”
It’s a good thing the soul capturing superstition didn’t put an end to photography. Think of what a boring world it would be without the family photo album, photo exhibitions, Instagram, Facebook, and photo challenges on WordPress.
The current Catechism of the Catholic Church considers superstition sinful in the sense that it denotes “a perverse excess of religion”, as a demonstrated lack of trust in divine providence, and a violation of the first of the Ten Commandments. ~Wikipedia~
Okay, having been baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church, I might be in trouble here.
In addition to wearing the gold-colored and Packer shirts on Sunday, Natasha and I engaged in sinful superstitious behavior. Three years ago, Natasha bought a green plastic flamingo and a gold plastic flamingo. Her daughter’s artist friend painted a #12 (Aaron Rodgers) on the gold flamingo and a #52 (Clay Matthews) on the green flamingo. Clay and Aaron (a/k/a Hank and Aaron), have been in attendance on our patio every football season until the Packers play their last game.
If you watched the Packer/Cowboy playoff game on Sunday, you might know it was a close one. Very, very close. A nail biter. I almost stopped breathing due to the anxiety. Toward the end of the fourth quarter, when the Cowboys were attempting to stage a comeback win, Natasha made a comment about flamingos Clay and Aaron. I had taken them down earlier in the week due to 50 m.p.h. winds and had not put them back in their usual place. “That’s why the game is so close. You didn’t put Clay and Aaron back up.”
I almost swallowed my tongue.
On went the shoes and out to the patio I raced. Natasha followed close behind. I grabbed the frozen, metal flamingo legs and pounded them into a flower box filled with icy dirt. On went Aaron, on went Clay, and Dallas scored another touchdown. In my head, I was yelling, “You fool, you may have lost this for the team!”
“It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.”
But then, with mere seconds left, the real Aaron Rodgers threw an awesome pass and Mason Crosby kicked the winning field goal in the last three seconds.
It worked! The presence of the flamingos in their flower box home won the game.
Or was it the T-shirts?
Or maybe it was the fan at the bar with the cheesehead bra and Packer earrings…
What is your favorite superstition, dear peeps? Or daily ritual? Or OCD habit that brings you good luck? Or lucky piece of clothing? Please tell me…I want to know that I’m not alone or weird.
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