Each Friday on Twitter we are invited to tweet stories in 140 characters or less under the hashtag #FP for @FridayPhrases. There is always an optional theme. There are many one tweet stories of which I’ve participated often. Sometimes someone will post several tweets for #fp and the tweets are all part of the same story. I’ve done this before and decided to do it again this week. Today’s optional theme was FEELING LUCKY in honor of Friday the 13th.

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There are so many symbols and superstitions about good and bad luck.  Below I present my 21 tweet story and have identified the symbol or superstition associated.  Please enjoy FEELING LUCKY and be sure to visit me on Twitter @ma_holloway.

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The Story

Bad Luck, Good Luck, Superstition

Kim stepped on the sidewalk crack as she walked under a ladder on Friday the 13th. It was the day before her wedding. Step on a crack break your mother’s back.
It is bad luck to walk under a ladder.Fear of Friday the 13th is rooted in ancient, separate bad-luck associations with the number 13 and the day Friday. The two unlucky entities combine to make one super unlucky day.
In the bridal shop for her final fitting, Kim stepped before the mirror as the groom escorted his granny into the shop. It is bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her gown before the wedding.
Trying to avoid being seen by her fiancé, Kim tripped and her cellphone flew from her hand, smashing the mirror. Breaking a mirror results in 7 years bad luck
Jim helped Kim get up. Her shoes had fallen off so Jim picked up her shoes and put them on a table. It is bad luck to put shoes on a table.
Broken glass everywhere, Granny grabbed a broom and began sweeping, brushing it across Kim and Jims feet, chasing them. If someone is sweeping the floor and sweeps over your feet, you’ll never get married.
Finally able to leave the shop, Kim and Jim stepped outside, just as a black cat pranced down the sidewalk before them. It is bad luck if a black cat crosses your path.
Jim took Kim home. The apartment was stuffy so he opened a window. With the pretty birdsong, a bird flew in the window. A bird in the house is a sign of a death. If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.
The following day when leaving the apartment, the sun gleamed on a shiny penny. It was on heads, so Kim picked it up. It’s bad luck to pick up a coin if it’s tails side up. Good luck comes if it’s heads up.
Sunny now but having rained over night, Kim looked up during her drive to the salon to see a beautiful rainbow. Rainbows are considered lucky by many people, because most people know that if we find the end of the rainbow, we will find a nice big pot of gold.
At the salon, Kim’s niece, flower girl Pam held out her palm And said, “This 4-leaf clover is for you Aunt Kim” The four-leaf clover is a symbol that means good luck to the person who finds one. What do the leaves symbolize?
One leaf is for FAITH…The second for HOPE… The third for LOVE… And the fourth for LUCK!
Hair and makeup finished, Kim and her bridal party left the salon. Outside a group of white butterflies fluttered by. If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year.
Later on the way to the church, Kim saw her first robin of the spring and made a wish. A wish made upon seeing the first robin in spring will come true – but only if you complete the wish before the robin flies away.
Inside the church, the sexton said, “I’ve warned the others. Our red bats have returned to the bell tower.” Kim smiled. Red Bats are symbols of long life in China. Amulets with the image of a red bat bring happiness. The red bat is thought to ward off evil. Five red bats represent the “five good fortunes” of health, longevity, love, wealth, and virtue.
When Kim entered the room for her wedding party, Kim was happy to see that all 7 ladies had arrived on time. The number 7 symbolizes “togetherness”. It is a lucky number for relationships. It is also recognized as the luckiest number in the West
Kim’s sister spoke words of happiness and good fortune for Kim and Jim then there were 3 knocks at the wooden door. Knock three times on wood after mentioning good fortune so evil spirits won’t ruin it.
“Just checking Kim. Do you have your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?” For a lucky bride, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,
and a lucky sixpence in her shoe.
“Yes I have my #sosnsbsb including this old key given to me by Jim,” said Kim. The key has been associated with unlocking the door of the heart. The one who presents the other with a key will be lucky in love.
Kim’s father came in ready to escort his daughter. “Dad did you know there’s a feather stuck in your boutonniere?” Feathers are an ancient charm for bringing good luck and they represent the journey of the soul to the other realm.
Everyone moved out into formation. 7 bridesmaid escorted by 7 groomsman followed by the flower girl and ring bearer. Lucky number 7 again.
Kim and Jim were married. Unknown but seen later in photographs, a ladybug spent the ceremony in Kim’s veil. Ladybug is a universal emblem of good luck and different cultures all over the world have long considered it to be a harbinger of prosperity.
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4 responses

  1. Birgit says:

    This was great! I love how you intertwined the story to the superstitions. So many probable come from the middle ages . Poor black cats-I am surprised there are any left because they were killed so often. To this day, they are not adopted out due to their “bad Luck” posted on their forehead.

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  2. Birgit says:

    Oh I know most of them and love the ladybug story-In the middle ages, there was a small town in Germany that suddenly were hit by aphids. The townspeople prayed to The lady Mary (She was bigger than Jesus back then) to help them save their crops. In came this colourful bug that ate the aphids and saved their crops and their village. So they named the bug in honour of their lady Mary…hence Ladybug:)

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