Saturday, May 28, 2011

Old Wives Tales

Did everyone grow up surrounded by old wives tales or is it just me? Recently I was reminded that at no other time are old wives tales more rampant than when you are pregnant or have a new baby.

Our family recently welcomed our newest addition, my great nephew Noah Nicholas, I’m sure before long you will get tired of hearing about him because I am totally in love, and of course, I’m his favorite.

I’ve been honing my photography skills using the perfect little boy and for the most part he is a really good sport about it.

I was at my sister’s house taking pictures of Noah when he was six days old when all the old wives tales came flooding back. I was walking and bouncing this beautiful boy who was still learning how to control his eyes so they kept crossing. My sister was trying to make sure his eyes were uncrossed for the pictures so she kept making noises and snapping her fingers to get him to uncross his eyes. So what did I do?

I was horrified and turned away with him, “Don’t do that, his eyes will get stuck that way!” Thank you Nanny, I still believe. My sister laughed until I thought she was going to pee her pants.

“What? Nan said if you scare a baby when it’s eyes are crossed they’ll stay that way.” I couldn’t believe she was laughing the face of our grandmother’s wisdom.

“Yes and if you have heartburn when you are pregnant your baby will have lots of hair. We proved that wrong, Nia and Noah were both almost bald.”

“Well Mo had a head full of hair so I’m not taking any chances.”

I started thinking about all the things I had been told

  1.  Don’t let a baby look in the mirror or they will be cross eyed.
  2. Cats will steal your baby’s breath
  3. Don’t take a bath when you are pregnant.
  4. Coffee stunts your growth.
  5. Eating carrots improves your eyesight
  6. Eating bread crust will make you beautiful
  7. Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis.
  8. Walking under a ladder is bad luck.
  9. Breaking a mirror is seven years bad luck.

With all this bad luck just waiting to happen, it's a wonder I can even go outside. As a matter of fact, I was getting ready to go to the store when the neighbors black cat walked across my front yard. Now I have to go out the back door and hop the fence.

It's a good thing I have that food storage, I think I'm going to be here a while.

What crazy things were you told, and possibly still believe, because I totally believe the cross eyed thing.




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    1. now you know that if you have a sore you should not pick at it or it will get a pigs foot on it..., and don't pick your nose or it will spread over your face...just a few from Nanny....

    2. I had to make sure that I never ate the seeds when I ate watermelon -- or one would grow in my tummy. Now I've gotta' go find some breadcrust so I can hurry up and get beautiful.


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