Old Wives Tales

Who grew up with superstitious parents? Family members?

Growing up with parents from the south, one from Louisiana and the other from Texas, my parents always had some crazy old wives tales and stories they swore were true! I’m going to share a few I heard growing up! Some from my parents, and some from other people!

Here we go…

1. If you cross your eyes they will get stuck? (I’m not cockeyed yet 👀)

2. Sweeping over someone’s feet will bring them bad luck. (And who knows what to do if it happens? Leave your answer in the comments if you know)

3. Lying an umbrella on the bed is bad luck. (My mama would go crazy!)

4. Raising your hands above your head while pregnant will cause the cord to wrap around the baby’s neck.

5. No fishing on Sunday because you might catch the devil. (To this day, I have never fished on a Sunday! I’m not taking any chances lol)

6. Those little bumps you get on your gums are caused by lying. (As told by my father. He would put salt on them)

7. Eating beans, greens, and cornbread will make you thick. (this one might be true! Just sayin’. Your girl kinda thick out here in these streets! 🤷🏽‍♀️😂)

8. If a group of people hold hands, and the first person sticks scissors in an electrical socket, only the last person will get shocked. (No lie, my daddy told me this when I was young! Who does that? No, I never tried it, hence me being here to tell this story. I almost did though!)

9. Drinking castor oil while pregnant will send you into labor. (Can’t confirm this one. I wasn’t about that life!)

10. You can’t get pregnant while nursing.(Lies lies and more lies)

11. Labor pains feel like cramps (bish where. I legit thought I was dying all four times)

12. Don’t let babies look in mirrors because it will make it hard for them to cut teeth.

13. If someone dies in the house, you must cover the mirrors or caskets will appear. (Umm I didn’t know what it meant but when my granny died in the house,we covered the mirrors, no questions asked)

14. Tickling a baby will make them stutter.

15. You treat burns with butter. (Yes, I know for a fact this is not the proper way to treat a burn. I can’t tell you how many times my granny burned me pressing my hair and slapped butter on it! Umm it was cooking, not cooling!)

16. Black people don’t get sunburned. (Pride, 2009 or 2010, it was unusually hot in San Francisco. I wore a sleeveless dress and sandals…no sunscreen. The next day, I was blistered like a burn victim! My entire forehead peeled smooth off)

17. Hiccups mean you’re growing. (There is no truth here! Fact: I’ve been the same height since 4th grade 🤦🏾‍♀️)

What are some of the old wives tales you heard growing up? I know I’m not the only one! Share in the comments.

Until next time…💛


5 thoughts on “Old Wives Tales

    • talkingallthatjaz says:

      Yes, yes and yes! I do not put my purse on the floor to this very day! My mother has a very funny story. She says that when riding with her grandmother, if she saw a black cat she’d turn around and go the other way.

  1. kelley says:

    I grew up hearing 1,2,4,7,15 and 16. My uncle also said drinking coffee would stunt our growth. My aunt said eating too much pasta will make you go cross-eyed forever! We had to stay away from the windows and couldn’t bathe (showers or baths) during thunderstorms. No umbrellas up in the house. No crossing black cats or walking under ladders (both bad luck). All these superstitions have to stem from some truth, right?

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