Friday the 13th ....

Would having a therapy or hospital appointment on Friday 13th send you in to a tailspin? Or did you not even realise which day it was? Perhaps, you’re just relieved to be making it to an appointment on time!

Friday 13th is widely considered to be unlucky, but it’s not actually known for certain how the superstition surrounding this day arose. What does it actually mean to be superstitious?

Well the dictionary tells us superstition is ‘a widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially as leading to good or bad luck, or a practice based on such a belief.’

Common superstitions include it is bad luck to walk under a ladder and to open an umbrella indoors, that you should knock on wood to avoid disappointment. Finding a four leaf clover will bring you luck and you should wish upon a shooting a star.

It’s widely reported that professional sports people can be very superstitious for example Michael Jordan, the greatest professional basketball player of all time wore his University of North Carolina shorts under his uniform in every game. Serena Williams might be known for her major tennis titles but her quirks include bringing her shower sandals to the court, tying her shoelaces a specific way and bouncing the ball five times before her first serve and twice before her second.

In a very informal poll we asked a few Special Needs parents if they had any superstitions…

‘I always say hello to a lone magpie.’

‘I used to be very superstitious but I just don’t have the time to even think about stuff like that anymore.’

‘New shoes on a table is a complete No No for me.’

‘I’m not sure if it’s superstition but if I get parked easily at my son’s hospital appointments I’m convinced the clinic will be running late and visa versa.’

‘I wouldn’t say I’m superstitious at all but for some reason I won’t pass anyone on the stairs. My mum always made me walk back down and wait, that’s stayed with me.’

‘I’m always chuffed if a bird poops on me or if I put an item of clothing on inside out’

‘I won’t step on cracks on the pavement or manhole covers if they’re in odd number – yes it can make going for a walk a bit of a challenge!’

‘I did think a black cat crossing my path was good luck until someone told me recently that it was bad luck – I’ve now given up on superstitions’

So the question is what are your superstitions?

Just for fun comment and tell us what your superstitions are – the more quirky or bizarre the better!

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