lucky charms but not the cereal

A box of Lucky Charms from 2011

Not particularly superstitious as evidenced by walking under ladders (so far, no buckets of paint have landed on my head) and steping on sidewalk cracks without breaking my mother’s back.

Have a belief in lucky “charms:” items that, at the very least, I hope stave off danger if don’t bring actual good luck. These charms can just “fall” into my life or be given to me, taking on special meanings. Some come from the folklore instilled by my parents. For example, money, especially pennies, minted in your year of birth bring luck, so I have several – each in a different purse or spot to increase my chances at luck.

We never listen or watch the lottery numbers (check on the appropriate website), and keep the winnings (always small so far!) separate from other money and not for spending to encourage larger payouts in the future.

On a gold chain once belonging to my father are three charms: a gold saber (father), a gold delicately filigreed butterfly (mother) they always wore. As well, a pewter inuksuk, a gift from my mother shortly after my father died, and she had her personality-altering stroke. If not  wearing around my neck, I carry this with me everywhere.

My wardrobe contains some lucky clothes (from successful interviews, presentations, and thesis-defense). Of course, there is also lucky/special jewelry such as a bracelet given by a friend with a metal bead that reads strength on one side and courage on the other. I only take it off to wash up or have a shower.

Small stuffed animals, such as a fairy princess sheep, are tucked into my purse, and placed in suitcases before travelling.

I have a brightly painted small wooden box with 6 trouble dolls from Guatemala. Before going to bed, you whisper your troubles to them, put them under your pillow, and as you sleep, they try and resolve the issue, worry, or concern. As there are only 6, you can’t have more than 6 troubles to be solved.

In an effort not to tempt fate, statements become modified: if all goes as planned; “if things work out”; “I hope that”; “if I’m lucky . . .” There are the familiar rituals before certain events (no, not sacrificing anything) and creative visualizations when anxious, worried or afraid, such as when storms shake the large, old trees overhanging our roof.

Never tried Lucky Charms the cereal (with the leprechaun-based ad campaign), but lucky charms are a part of my daily life.

Do you have special/lucky charms? Are there incantations you evoke for luck? Does family folklore play a part in how you increase your chances for good luck, or for staving off disasters?


6 thoughts on “lucky charms but not the cereal

  1. becca givens May 2, 2012 / 3:02 pm

    Interesting … I need to ponder this … I know I must have had lucky charms at one time or another in my life … but I can’t immediately recall them. This will be a good pondering session for me as I go back outside for more weeding … I never liked Lucky Charms cereal ~~ too sweet!! :D Oh, I remember Sugar Crisps — but I don’t think I tasted them … very little sugared cereal in our household.


    • phylor May 4, 2012 / 12:53 am

      My mother wasn’t big on sugary anything but she wanted me to eat breakfast. The alternative was equally as sweet — cut up banana topped with brown sugar!
      Ocassionally, she would buy cookies as a treat for my father (and me). Since she wasn’t a baker, there weren’t many deserts, though I do remember eating jello! And, I know I never tasted lucky charms — too brightly coloured just like fruit loops, lol!


  2. MentalMakeovers May 2, 2012 / 12:05 am

    Whenever I find a penny I say loudly to myself: This is my lucky day. When I find a dime it’s a lucky week. My husband found a dollar on a walk — a month? However, I don’t keep the money, I always spend the pennies.
    I use to keep a lot of things from family and friends that were special to me but as I age I care less about the “things” and more about the memories. (Trouble is as I age, I can’t remember!)
    Sooooooo, I’m bereft of lucky charms – except for the people (live and cyber) in my life.


    • phylor May 4, 2012 / 12:50 am

      My original reply seems to have disappeared — need some cyber lucky charms!
      Having people as your lucky charms is wonderful! May they always bring you and Max luck!


  3. phylor May 1, 2012 / 9:05 pm

    I agree that we make our own luck in some circumstances, other times people make our luck for us, and then there is the luck that was fated (you and hubby as an example)
    I never liked cereal with milk — I found it just too soggy, or something (didn’t like milk anyways) so I ate Sugar Crisp or a puffed corn cereal (forget the name) out of the box. I was in the cereal aisle the other day, and they still make Sugar Crisp, although the name has been changed — sugar removed. “Can’t get enough of that Sugar Crisp.”
    I was always disapointed that I couldn’t eat CrackerJacks because of the peanuts — I miss the prizes too.


  4. Wendy May 1, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    what a cute post.
    I used to have some lucky charms I think…but then I gave them up. I still think it’s lucky to find a penny…or any money! I always make birthday wishes and wishes on starts with such conviction I just know they will come true.
    Most luck…I believe I’ve brought myself…though I do feel pretty dang lucky to have my husband…he says I deserve it, but I don’t know how. Luck…fate…what ever you want to call it, I’m glad something happened to put us together.

    Lucky Charms the cereal…I was the strangest kid…I didn’t like the marshmellows. I’d want the cereal because of the ad of course, and the prize inside..yes they used to do that…but I didn’t really like the sweet part. My mom soon learned Cheerio’s were better for my appetite. But the prize inside!!! sigh…I missed those.



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