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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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The things we do for "luck"

LynneLynne TeachHomePosts: 9,747 mod
Do you do anything for luck?

For example: Throwing spilt salt over your shoulder. Saying, "good morning" to magpies. Avoiding walking under ladders? Throwing coins into plane engines .... What?

Read on-

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40421811

@april - I thought of you when I read this story
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  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,497 mod
    Poor, grandma.
    But they came to their destination safely, right? :D
    Why nine coins? Was it her lucky number?
    To be honest, I do avoiding walking under ladders because it looks so dangerous there under.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,747 mod
    I'd forgotten I should say 'Morning' to magpies. Like @april I avoid walking under ladders simply out of safety concerns. I never waste salt by throwing it anywhere other than on my food.
  • MichouxeMichouxe Posts: 5,221 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My grandmother always took a mistletoe if it lightning and then she made a cross mark and I had to lie with her on the bed , until the thunderstorm was done.
    I think it's also a form to be lucky, so that the lightning would not fall on the house!

    @april @mheredge I'm walking under a ladder, but first I look upstairs.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,497 mod
    Would you stand on a ladder when you are wearing a skirt?
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