The only bad thing that has ever happened when a black cat crossed my path was a sneezing fit on my part, which can be attributed to allergies, rather than bad luck.
But, there is one superstition that I have paid attention to over the years, since I was a small child. It's the dietary requirement that we have hog jowls, blackeyed peas and greens for New Year's dinner. Or, in my case, it was a variation on that theme. Usually, we had ham, blackeyed peas and spinach, feeling that was close enough to bring us, if not great luck during the next year, at least we wouldn't have horrible luck.
It never occurred to us to question the fact that the superstition seemed to have different details in different parts of the country. For instance, this year, for the first time, we were informed that we should hang a dollar bill over the door if we expected to have good luck. Well, let me tell you right now, if we hung a dollar bill over our front door on New Year's Eve, I'm pretty sure it would be gone by New Year's morning.
That's when we decided it was silly to expect to have good luck at any point in the year just because we ate pork, blackeyed peas and greens for New Year's Dinner. No more. No sirree-bob. Never again would we be held hostage by a superstitioon so obviously flawed.
So, we had ham, blackeyed peas and greens for dinner on New Year's Eve, as we have been told that others do. We'll see if our luck gets any better.
And, I'm not making any New Year's resolutions, either So, there.