Lucky undies

Did your mum, Nan or Great Aunty Ethel ever tell you it was lucky if you put your knickers on inside out?

I find this has been happening to me alot lately, but in my current sleep-deprived state I think the only lucky thing that’s happened is that I’ve remembered to put knickers on at all!!

My mum is full of these little gems. I grew up throwing pinches of spilt salt over my shoulder, avoiding walking under ladders and dreading crossed knives in case of an argument. I find these things fascinating on reflection and often wonder where they originated.

Are there any old wives tale that left an impression on you when you were little?

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Comments

  1. Two things I remember all the time are (1) don’t open an umbrella in the house because it’s bad luck and (2) don’t put new shoes on a table even in a box because that’s also bad luck. Actually, there’s lots of these. The other ones include putting money in a wallet you give as a gift because it brings prosperity to the recipient and never give knives as a gift because it can sever a relationship.

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