The other day I tweeted that I had a lot of bubbles in my coffee, which my mother always said meant that money was on the way. I wasn’t too optimistic about this – airpot coffee tends to get bubbly on its way out – but I did receive a job offer not long after, so there’s that.
My family has a host of superstitions, or maybe it would be more accurate to say means of divinition: itchy noses, itchy palms, long second toes can all predict the future. But I couldn’t think of too many more of our family sayings that concerned food, even though food superstitions are not uncommon. We all know, for example, that if two people pull apart the Y-shaped bone from a turkey breast, the one with the larger part will have a wish come true. We’ve also heard that throwing spilled salt over your shoulder should distract evil, although not many of us do this.
I’m curious whether anyone else grew up hearing predictions based on food, or perhaps with rituals that seemed to have only a mystical or superstitious connection to a food event. My family also used to say that when food drops off of your fondue fork, you are supposed to kiss the host – but none of us ever did this, either.