Growing up my mother was what I call neurotically superstitious. She had one for every situation. Your hand itches, you’re going to get money. Find a snake in the yard, Satan is after you. She especially had a fear of the number 13. She wouldn’t do business in a store that had the number 13 in the address. She would not buy anything in multiples of 13. Don’t get me started on a baker’s dozen of donuts! I always believed that her irrational fear of the number was why she hated me. You see I was born on January 13th!
Once I got married and moved out of her house I made the decision to never give in to superstitions. At times it was harder than I thought. Having them ingrained in your mind for 20 years makes it so you don’t even think about it. Knocking on wood came too natural, making a wish on a white horse happened without an afterthought. I had to literally stop when I found myself facing a compulsion type reaction to a superstition. It took a while but I finally had victory over it.
It is hard to write about my upbringing because if I wrote down the things that went on most people wouldn’t believe me. What I will say is I never saw my parents kiss, hug or hold hands. They barely spoke to each other. So when I first started my Genealogy journey over 20 years ago, imagine my surprise when I discovered my parents got married on December 13, 1948! They never celebrated their anniversary nor bought each other’s gifts so I never knew.
Well, the number 13 may have been bad for my mother but it turned out to be a lucky number for me. If they hadn’t gotten married I wouldn’t be here and both of those events happened on the 13th. In preparation for this blog, a skimmed through about half of my trees and I was amazed to find over 100 of my Ancestors who were born on the 13th of the month! That seems pretty lucky to me, especially the direct line ones. To me, this was both exciting and a little FREAKY!
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