Thursday, December 1, 2011

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit

I had a fourth grade teacher whose first name was Parthenia, we didn't get to call her that, but it was fun to know. I was really into her, "I dig her style," the fourth grader inside of my head contemplated. She had big belts, long hair and a loud voice, "Groovy," I thought.

She taught us that on the first day of every month, when you wake up, before you say anything else, say "Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit," and you will have good luck for the rest of the month.

I've been doing it ever since.

And I'm a pretty lucky gal. I also like the term "blessed."

If you're reading this and you want to join me in having a lucky month but you've already said something other than "Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit," no big deal. Just turn around 3 times while you say it and fortune will still know how to find you.

Think Parthenia and I are nuts?

Well, she didn't make it up, this particular folklore can be traced back as far as the 1800s. And it still happens all over the world, in places like France, where they don't even call rabbits rabbits, and from what I hear, on Cape Cod.

My Animal Speak book discusses baby rabbits: "Within one month, 28 days, the young are able to be out on their own. They can stay in the nest, but they can survive on their own. This 28 day period again reinforces the lunar connection with the rabbit."

On my drive home last night, I followed the clear glow of the crescent moon. The moon is my favorite reminder that the only constant is change. I also believe its never too late for a brand new beginning.

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