Friday the 13th and Thanksgiving in the same month? “We Talk to Ourselves...a Lot!”(Loree Lough & Cerella Sechrist), and we think that’s a good thing!
Watch out! It’s Friday the 13th, the unluckiest day of the year! Or is it?
According to numerous studies, approximately 20 million people suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia (from Frigga, Norse goddess for whom Friday is named, and triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13). True sufferers—paralyzed with fear—will actually take to their beds on Friday the 13th.
When the whole “Friday the 13th is unlucky” notion began isn’t clear, but superstitions linked to the number 13 date back to the 1690s. 13’s bad rap is the reason many cities don’t have a 13th Street or 13th Avenue. Why would 13 appear on an elevator panel when so few buildings have a 13th floor? Airports rarely have a gate 13, and you’ll be hard-pressed to check into a room with a 13 in it at hotels and hospitals.
Breathe easy, dear friends, because for every “Friday the 13th is unlucky” study, there’s another to refute it: One insurance corporation reports fewer accident, fire, and theft claims on Friday the 13th than on “normal” Fridays; their major competitor says there are more. One thing is certain… The date will inevitably inspire folks to cite their favorite Friday the 13th “ifs”:
· If a ship sets set sail on Friday the 13th it will encounter bad weather, and if you start a trip on Friday the 13th, well, y’know....
· If you break a mirror on Friday the 13th, start planning for 7 years of bad luck.
· And if you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, a loved one will soon die.
· If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you’ll be the next to die.
· Our favorite? If a child is born on the 13th, it will live a life filled with misfortune and misery. The 13th—Loree's birth day—has always been a very lucky number for her! And Cerella agrees! Her mom's birthday also falls on the 13th, and it's been a "lucky number" in more ways than one!
Here’s our proof that Friday the 13th is lucky: We’re each going to share a family favorite Thanksgiving dinner side dish and dessert with you:
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Until next time, this is Loree, and Cerella, wishing you a healthy, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving!
CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. These days, Cerella divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. Harper’s Wish, Book #1 in her Findlay Roads series, is her third Harlequin Heartwarming novel.