Penny McKenna is sure they do. And just in time for St. Patrick’s day, she shares the roots of her superstitious nature in this Post from Penny.
“May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead. That was Nana’s go-to toast, said with a twinkle in her eye and a splash of Four Roses whiskey from her closet stash. She was a firm believer in warding off evil and reinforcing luck with a well-phrased blessing, such as From your lips to God’s ears.
“She was also adamant in not tempting the devil by crossing paths with a black cat, a ladder or an umbrella, among other things. And Friday the 13th? She didn’t leave the house! Over time, her superstitions soaked into my psyche and became my own. Like some of these:
- If you get a chill it means someone walked over your grave.
- It’s a bad omen if a bird flies into your home.
- You should never say Macbeth in a theater.
- If you meet a funeral on the road you must turn and walk with the funeral party for at least four steps to ward off bad luck.
- If you trip and fall in a graveyard you will die by the end of the year.
- Never open an umbrella indoors.
- If a dead man’s eyes are open, he’ll find someone to take with him.
“When I joined the yachting world, I discovered a whole new set of superstitions to add to my worry. Including my personal bugaboo:
“Redheads bring bad luck if you encounter one before boarding. But, If you speak to the redhead before they speak to you, you’re saved!
“That explains why perfect strangers at the boat yard engage me in coversation!”