Saturday, February 04, 2017

Rabbit, Rabbit

"Darn?" I said Tuesday morning.

"What?" Rick asked.
"I forgot to say rabbit-rabbit."

He gave me one of those looks that tells me he is waiting in hopes he can be made to understand.

"If I say it the first thing of the first of the month, it will bring good luck that month," I said.

He nodded but the wanting more information look was still there.

I am not a superstitious person, but I still like the tradition. And I can not find any correlation between my luck and my saying "rabbit rabbit" but I still like to do it...when I remember.

I first heard of it from Joan, the secretary at Prospector Research Services, my first professional job in the 1960s.

Because of Rick, I did some research. The tradition seems to be found mainly in Britain and North America. The first known mention is in 1909 Notes and Queries, a publication from 1849 covering folklore, history, etc. primarily for academics.

There are other theories, such as it being more effective if said in front of a chimney, and there is a link to fertility.

It appeared in fiction in 1922 in Robert Lynd's Solomon in all his Glory and Trixie Beldon's The Mystery of the Emeralds. Although I had loved the series as a child, this publication appeared in 1962 after I had outgrown her.
"Trixie Belden awoke slowly, with the sound of a summer rain beating against her window. She half-opened her eyes, stretched her arms above her head, and then, catching sight of a large sign tied to the foot of her bed, yelled out, `Rabbit! Rabbit!´ She bounced out of bed and ran out of her room and down the hall. `I’ve finally done it!` she cried [...] `Well, ever since I was Bobby’s age I’ve been trying to remember to say Rabbit! Rabbit!’ and make a wish just before going to sleep on the last night of the month. If you say it again in the morning, before you’ve said another word, your wish comes true.` Trixie laughed."
NPP reported on the tradition.
in 2013.

Rabbits and rabbit feet are considered lucky, but not to the rabbit that sacrificed the foot. In some places in the UK a white rabbit near an ill person was a portent of death.

It was rumored that Franklin Delano Roosevelt followed the tradition. If it was good enough for him, it is good enough to me...If only I can remember Mar. 1.


1 comment:

Ginger Dawn Harman said...

I was wondering what all this rabbit rabbit was about. Sure glad you posted this. Very enjoyable to read.