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Monday, August 01, 2005

Morning Folks 08 01 05

Ever since Doug was in Mr. Myers' 4th grade class we have been saying Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit on the first day of the month for good luck. I had Mr Myers in 4th grade and he never told me that. In fact, I never knew anyone else to do that until last year when my friend Melinda told me that her family says Rabbit Rabbit. (Only 2 as opposed to our 3.) Ed has made up his own variation and says 'God bless me God Bless me God Bless me', followed by 3 rabbits, just in case. So, for 20 years I have been saying RAbbit Rabbit RAbbit first thing on the first of the month and feeling downright awful if I I forgot and said something else when waking on the first of the month, like: "Oh, Man! I overslept." That just isn't a good start to a month. Anyway, I googled the subject and here are a few items I found on line about it. And the best news is that if you forget and dont say it, you can undo all that dammage if you say the right thing when you go to sleep that night. So, Rabbit Rabbit (Rabbit) everyone.

In the 1920s, there was a custom in the UK to say the word 'rabbit' three times when going to bed on the last day of the month. The superstition did not end there: on rising, the person was to say 'hare' three times. However, sources differ on this point, with one saying that the words 'rabbit,rabbit, rabbit', and not 'hare' should be said on the morning of the month's first day.

A 1953 source puts a different 'complexion' on the custom yet again: "On the first day of the month when you wake up in the morning shout ‘White Rabbit' and when you go to bed at night shout ‘Black Rabbit' and you will have good luck." and by 1982 we have plurality suggested: "The first words you say for a lucky month are ‘White Rabbits.'"

Of all the animals that are to be found in Europe, I can think of none more prevalent in folklore than the rabbit, and its cousin the hare. The bunny has long been associated with good luck; consider the lucky rabbit's foot, and the Easter Bunny. So, 'white rabbits' to all on this first day of August, and may your month be full of happiness and good fortune. Rabbit rabbit!

Wilson's Almanac

It's time to prepare for the first of the month and all that can be yours with the simple utterance of "rabbit, rabbit!"Here's the poop. The first words out of your mouth on the first day of the month must be "rabbit, rabbit". This is doubly important if your birthday occurs that month. "Rabbit, rabbit" will ensure good luck. And who couldn't use a little good luck these days?If you forget, don't fret. Just make sure that "tibbar, tibbar" are the last words out of your mouth as you fall asleep and you're covered.

The rabbit foot began its lucky trend because of the rabbit's ability to reproduce, the rabbit's foot became a symbol of fertility. By owning a rabbit's foot as a talisman, you would have vital connections with many powerful forces. A left rabbit hind foot, carried in the left pocket after having been removed from a rabbit that was killed during a full moon by a cross-eyed person is truly lucky. The foot is considered a powerful charm against evil because the rabbit's strong hind legsAdded bonus: In Wales an old belief is that a new-born child rubbed all over with a rabbit's foot will be lucky for life.

On the first day of the month, when you awake, you must leap over the foot of your bed as you exit out of bed. While doing this, as you land on the floor you say "Rabbit, Rabbit." You cannot have said any other words before hand, nor can you do anything other than leap over the foot of your bed. In following this custom, you will have good luck for the entire month.

Tomorrow: Pictures of Indigo Grace Eaton, new granddaughter!



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