Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief
I have a list of things that I want to write an opinion piece about. Is this one of them? No, but I thought I would get back to that list next week, so stay tuned.
Instead, today, I wanted to talk about superstitions.
Recently, I adopted a black cat from the Lynchburg Humane Society. He is two months old, and I have named him Cosmic Creepers (or Cozzy for short) after the black cat from Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up and VHS was still a thing.
One of the reasons I was looking to adopt specifically a black cat was that the social stigma that surrounds them is largely negative. There is the whole superstition that black cats bring bad luck and death, especially if you see them crossing streets or whatever.
Because of these superstitions, black cats are less likely to be adopted out of shelters like LHS, and thus can spend the rest of their lives without a forever home or worse, euthanized to make more space.
It is a terrible injustice, because Cozzy is one of the sweetest cats I have ever met. He is very friendly and, despite his leaking nose due to a kennel cold, he is very affectionate.
It makes me think about the other superstitions that we do not acknowledge in our days, but that can have an impact on whatever we are doing. For instance, a friend and I were driving around the other week and the topic of covered wooden bridges came up. For whatever reason, I got a really bad feeling because of the superstition about wooden bridges, mainly that something bad will happen to you if you stop on one.
I tried Google-ing to find where this particular superstition came from, but there was nothing on the first page about stopping on covered wooden bridges.
Knocking on wood is another common superstition. If you do not want to jinx your odds for a good thing or cause something bad to happen, you knock on wood. Is it just me that suddenly finds this very odd? What is the wood going to do?
Mirrors, ladders, the number 13…there are so many things with negative connotations, all because of generational superstition that we will probably pass on to our children, or at least the children you may know.
I suppose it is just something to think about this week.