The eyes of an old black cat

Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational
– but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?
~ Judith Viorst

Are you superstitious?

If you asked me that question, I’d say NO. Of course not! But when I think about it, maybe I am. I mean, I’m not afraid to leave my house today, Friday the 13th. (Although, for full disclosure, I am still sitting on the couch in my pajamas. But at SOME point, I will get up and go run some errands. Really. I will.)

As I was thinking about superstitions, I realized that I hadn’t made a list for this here blog in quite a while. And considering my abiding love for lists, well, that just didn’t seem right. So, coming at you live from my couch, here’s a list of 13 on the 13th.

  1. My parents have owned three black cats, two of them while I was growing up. Watching them cross my path didn’t bother me nearly as much as having to clean up the random hairball.
  2. The first – and last – horror movie I watched was Leprechaun. It was at a slumber party at my friend Jammie’s house, and I was overruled and outvoted when it came time to pick the movie. I was such a scaredy cat that I sat with my back to the TV the whole time. I was still scared.
  3. Scratch that. I also watched Carrie at a slumber party at my own house. And by “watch,” of course I mean I sat with my back to the TV. Pouting. (It was MY slumber party! How did that even happen?)
  4. I had a slumber party at my house one Halloween during middle school. I don’t remember why my friend Elizabeth needed to wash out her heavily dyed hair that night, but I do remember how long it took us to scrub that black dye out of my mom’s [normally pristine] bathtub!
  5. My parents never let me dress up as anything evil on Halloween. No witches, vampires, mummies, ghosts or other undead characters allowed in our family. I was, however, a homemade clown several years in a row. And can anyone actually deny that clowns are kind of scary themselves?
  6. Another year, my friend Mindy and I went to a Halloween party together, dressed in our costumes, of course. Only to discover that NOBODY ELSE WAS WEARING COSTUMES. We ran inside and called her mom to bring us regular clothes, but because Mindy’s family lived on the busiest trick-or-treating street in town, it took her mom forever to get out of her driveway. Moral of that story? Never assume everyone else will be wearing costumes and bring a back-up outfit with you.
  7. After reading all the Harry Potter books last year, I finally decided to watch the movies this past summer. All at once. As in, I watched them in the span of a few days, one after another. When the credits rolled on the last one (well, the second to last one), it was late at night and – obviously – dark outside. I honestly wasn’t sure I’d EVER SEE THE SUN AGAIN. The world of Harry Potter is a dark one, and I don’t recommend mainlining the movies to anyone.
  8. However, I did love those books and they’ve turned out to be a gateway drug read. Reading YA has become my new favorite thing. I’ve admitted that before, but what I haven’t said outright is that I really dig (yes. dig.) sci-fi or paranormal YA novels. I know. I know. All I can say is that I promise I will never, ever don a shirt saying, “TEAM JACOB” or “TEAM EDWARD.”
  9. Because I don’t do Twilight. Just so you know. Every other cheesy series about teenagers in various monster or freak forms, yes. But I draw the line at those books.
  10. When I was in high school, I played basketball. For some reason Smitty started knocking on my head (I suppose in lieu of actual available wood) every time someone was at the free throw line. We were weird.
  11. A couple years ago, I watched the first season of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Critics loved it, I’d recently discovered Joss Whedon, and I was bored, so I gave it a try. I actually liked it a lot, but couldn’t watch the other seasons because it was too scary.
  12. The only movie I’ve ever walked out of (in the theater) was Interview with a Vampire. I was there with my boyfriend (now husband), his brother and his brother’s girlfriend. Obviously they picked the movie (although Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise weighed pretty heavily against Iwillbescareddon’tmakemewatchit). I spent the first part of the movie staring at the floor and wishing I could cover my ears without looking like a baby, and I was SO relieved when the others decided the movie was stupid and we should leave.
  13. Apparently the moral of this weird list is that I can read about scary things all day long, but please do not make me watch it on a screen!

Edited to add: I did watch the remake of Psycho in college. And I didn’t sit with my back to the screen. And I told my friends I liked it. But I actually thought it was really scary, too.

So, how about you? Are you superstitious? Do you like horror movies? Are you scared of clowns?

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