Today being Friday the 13th, I thought I'd talk about that number. I'll be joining Love Made My Home for her Five On Friday blog party. Since I don't have any "13" related pictures, I threw in this one of an old covered wagon for interest.
First: The number 13 was our household's lucky number. My mother was born on May 13th (yes, her birthday is today), my father was born on December 13th, and they were married on August 13th.
Second: I don't know if my mother was born on Friday the 13th, but indeed her birth was not considered lucky by her parents. She was a twin and the two of them were my grandparent's 12th and 13th children, born right with the Great Depression. She was named Betty and her twin brother was named Bill. Mom always said she stayed young by giving Bill all the birthdays. Uncle Bill died late last year and this will be mom's first birthday without him in 87 years.
Third: In 1969, my father's mother died in early December and, unfortunately, it worked out that she was buried on December 13th -- my father's birthday.
Fourth: During high school, I was taken with the study of weird things. I did my term papers on superstition and found out lots of interesting things. There's quite a few ideas on where the idea of 13 being an unlucky number came from, but most indicated it was because of the 13th person at the Last Supper bringing about the downfall of Jesus. Most people will tell you they're not superstitious, not knowing that a lot of our traditions came from superstition. For instance, did you have bridesmaids and groomsmen at your wedding? That tradition came about because people way back when believed they could trick the evil spirits by confusing them about who was the bride and groom.
Fifth: When I was 13, the most tragic and lasting sorrow in my childhood happened. On November 22nd that year, President John F Kennedy was killed in Dallas. Like a lot of people, I took his death very hard. And things happened that weekend that changed the path of my life forever.
That's my five on Friday this week. Hope you don't run into any bad luck today. Stay safe, it's almost over.
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