It’s Friday the 13th

Well, I was wondering what to write about – so I decided to write the obvious, or the most available topic, or the most convenient, whatever, I just chose this one, so there!

Did you know that there was no real superstition about Friday 13th before the 19th century?  There is one theory that suggests the superstition is actually a combination of two older superstitions.  Friday was always considered an unlucky day and since 12 was considered the number of completion, 13 was also considered unlucky. 

I have actually witnessed a few unlucky Friday the 13th events myself.  When I was working downtown in Lincoln Tower, in 1994, we were prevented from going in the glass skyscraper because the 13th floor was “weeping.”  The sprinkler system had burst overnight and there was so much water on the floor that it was running down the outside of the building and raining on those walking below.  When the first pane of glass fell we were told to go home.  There went the underwriting department and all those computers and files were a disaster.  It was a messy and lengthy cleanup.

For the most part though, I have never thought of Friday as an unlucky day.  Why would it be unlucky?  I can remember my grandmother telling me that it was a bad day for travel and beginnings, but realistically, I look forward to Friday’s and especially Friday afternoon and night.  Friday is the end of the work week if you work in an office.  It’s the beginning of the weekend and most people look forward to Friday night because they don’t have to get up early on Saturday.  I usually plan weekend trips and short vacations starting on Friday’s whether it’s the 13th or not. 

The funniest thing is hearing my kids say, “Mom, there’s a “new” Friday the 13th movie out!”

SERIOUSLY?  I think I was the same or about the same age when the first one came out!  How many of those movies are there?  Shouldn’t Jason be dead of old age, or at least bored with the whole thing by now?  Oh, wait, he’s out hanging around with Freddy Kruger who was also making nightmares real somewhere around the same time.

The weather has been a bit hazy today , but okay, nothing disastrous happened at work other than people calling in because this website didn’t work, or this check didn’t come in, or something else wasn’t done the way they wanted.   

As for me, I still like Friday and I’m glad it’s today!  I’m going to go home,  love on my black cat, walk around and under the ladder in the garage, pop some popcorn, move some more boxes in the living room for easy unpacking, and watch a movie, but not Friday 13th.

Cherry Coley ©  

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Life is a gift, not to be wasted or taken for granted. I believe life is a journey, that we are put here for a purpose that each of us has to discover within ourselves. Each day we are given is a new opportunity to seize the moments, the experiences that make up our individual journey. I have seen my share of storms along the way, but have learned that with faith and good friends, there is nothing that you can’t face, learn from, and come out growing stronger from the experience. I have many interests, hobbies and passions. Writing, art, and expanding my knowledge about why people believe what they do, including studying different religions and cultures, becoming a Life Coach, practicing Reiki, and spending time with my girls, are some of my passions. Interests include: studying history, science, physics, walking/running, learning yoga, Pilates, trying new recipes, finding new and interesting places to visit, spending time with friends, learning new ways of doing things, guitar, piano, writing songs, photography, and painting and so much more than I could name here. I enjoy meeting new people, trading stories, ideas and sharing experiences. I love going to plays and concerts, and encouraging others to be their best while finding myself along the way. Cherry Coley (c)
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4 Responses to It’s Friday the 13th

  1. missjessedeol says:

    Friday the 13th…2 of my family members have birthdays that fall on Friday the 13th! It’s funny how these random superstitions make their ways into peoples’ lives…probably serving for entertainment purposes : P

  2. Since I was born on the 13th I have desided to embrace the number, add Friday to the mix and what could be better? A very lucky day for me…by the way how many Friday the 13th’s have there been? Hopefully when it gets to Friday the 13th part 13 Jason will kill himself.

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