by Barbara Nevins Taylor
While I was at an outdoor cafe eating breakfast, I overheard a dad talking to his daughter who was maybe four years old. He said, “Don’t ever spill the salt.” She asked, “Why?” He replied, “It’s very unlucky.”
Suddenly, I remembered swirling on a swivel seat in a diner, playing with the salt shaker, when I was about the same age. And I heard my mom’s voice say, “Sit still, and don’t play with the salt. It’ll spill and that’s unlucky.” It’s funny how these superstitions taught in childhood stay with us. I’m still careful not to spill the salt.
But the dad left something out. If you spill the salt, you’re supposed to pick up a pinch and toss it over your left shoulder. Then everything will be okay.
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