I love living in Tennessee, but there are some weird things about the south. Ok, let’s be honest, there’s sort of a lot of weird things about the south. Anyways, Geoff the Great has been coming home from work with odd stories. Some of the people he comes in contact with are very southern and have a plethora of distinctly southern, um, charms, that we are entirely unaccustomed to.
He told me that over the last week he’s heard pages of ‘little bits of advice’ for the upcoming New Year. For instance, one lady told him that she’s saving all her laundry to do on January 1 so that she won’t have to do laundry for the rest of the year. Apparently, the saying goes that anything you do after the stroke of midnight on New Years will be something you don’t do for the next 364 days. My husband promptly ended his story by telling me he’d be sleeping on the couch New Years Eve.
He also heard that it’s good luck to eat black eyed peas and hog jaw on New Years Day. It took him forever to figure that one out because the southern customer who told him that piece of important counsel kept pronouncing it as, “Yeh’needs teh east you sum b’eyed peas and hoshzaw come New’Ears”. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the language down while we’re out here.
In other superstitious news, according to Chinese folklore / history, we are going into the year of the Ox. Geoff the Great happens to match up as an Ox according to his birthdate. Last year was the year of the Rat, which happens to match up to my birthdate. What does that mean in a practical sense? Um. I have no idea.
In the Philippians, children jump up and down when the clock strikes 12 to ensure they will grow taller.
In Norway a rice pudding is made with a hidden almond, the person who receives the almond is guaranteed wealth in the coming year.
I wonder how these things get started and who thinks them up.
In other news, I hope you are making plans for the upcoming Valentines Benefit / Dance. There are some updates here. It will be a very fun time, and it will also serve to help this beautiful family. We are really looking forward to seeing old friends and some new friends. You should make plans to come. It will be really special. Plus…they say that dancing in the south on Valentines Day will keep you safe from being hit by giant meteors for the next three years. So, um, yeah, you should definitely try and make it.
I am glad that it is 2009. I am looking forward to seeing what the Lord will bring our way. I pray He will strengthen my faith, increase my love for Him and keep me, and my entire family, walking closely with Him and each other. I pray the same for you, as well. : )
Rejoice in Him always. I say it again, Rejoice!