I don’t consider myself superstitious. Until I am. Then I do various things to avoid jinxing myself: knock on wood; keep umbrellas closed indoors; sidestep walking beneath a ladder.
I also, on the first of a month, start the day off with the words “Rapid Rabbit.”
Talking with my sister today, she reminded me that tomorrow is “Rabbit Rabbit” day.
“Wait, did you say Rabid Rabbit?” I asked her.
“No, Rabbit Rabbit,” she replied.
“I thought it was Rapid Rabbit,” I told her.
“I’m pretty sure it’s Rabbit Rabbit,” she said. “I looked it up once online.”
Had I been doing this family custom thing wrong for decades? And, wait, this wasn’t just our family being quaintly odd?
It turns out, I had been doing it wrong.
And it wasn’t just a Goats family tradition. Wikipedia has an entry about it, with variants on the phrase and assorted potential benefits.
“Rapid Rabbit” isn’t a variant.
“Rabbit Rabbit” is, although three “Rabbits” is better.
“If you say ‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit’—three times, just like that—first thing in the morning on the first of the month, even before you say your prayers, you’ll get a present before the end of the month.” (Solomon in All his Glory, Robert Lynd, 1922)
Thanks to Wikipedia’s Rabbit rabbit rabbit page, I will now be doing this right, exponentially improving my life. Plus, I’m adding a new good-luck-rabbit tool to my arsenal: I’ll say “White Rabbit” to ward off campfire smoke blowing in my face. Which will also remind me of Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane. Two-fer gift.
But for now, with a superstitious day before me, I’m preparing to start tomorrow off with “Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit.”
Unless I forget, turn to Bubba and say, “good mornin’, babe,” first.
Of course, those three words bring good fortune, too.
Any fun, quirky or unusual anti-jinx/good-luck rituals in your life? Share them below!