Knock on Wood

Are you superstitious? Does superstition fit in with your religious views? Do you actually “believe” your superstitions, or do you feel they are not true but do them anyway?

I’m not religious or superstitious, but there is one superstition I do religiously. Whenever I talk about something that has been going well, and I want it to continue to go well, I knock on wood. I feel even more compelled to do it when things are bad (like a serious illness in the family). If it’s something important, just thinking about it may make me knock wood, even though I didn’t say it out loud. I’m an atheist, I don’t have any religious views that support this practice. I don’t honestly believe it will do any good, but it makes me feel better. I knock on wood because my mother did. She was a devout Catholic, a religion that does not condone superstition.

My husband does consider himself superstitious. He says “rabbit, rabbit” at the beginning of the month, and he doesn’t like me to move certain items in the house when his sports team is doing well. He likes to carry a lucky item. For a while he carried a crystal blessed by a witch, even though he doesn’t believe in that religion, he’s an atheist.

It’s funny, though.. My husband does think you can jinx yourself, but he’d never heard of knocking on wood before. He hasn’t picked it up from me, either. So he’ll talk about something that’s going well say when we’re in the car, and then laugh at me because there is nothing made of wood in the car for me to knock on. He told me he’ll start knocking on wood, when I start saying “Rabbit, rabbit.” /(=∵=)\

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