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 ©