Household Rules

Mini Cate

Me circa 1989, I think.

Being raised in a Korean home, my parents (well, my mother) would deny being superstitious. However, she’d repeatedly tell me the following rules:

  1. Never whistle at night. That’s how demons find you;
  2. Always have two scoops of rice. It’s good luck; and my most favorite rule:
  3. Never talk about nightmares before noon. If you do, they’ll come true.

Well, I won’t tell you my nightmare from last night, but I hope to the good Lord above that a demon, with vampy teeth, and purple ooze coming out of his nose and mouth, doesn’t come after me.

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6 Responses to Household Rules

  1. Ron. says:

    My grandmother (not Korean) used to advise #s 1&3 as well. Nothing about the rice, though. Must be fairly universal, eh?


  2. Jeyna Grace says:

    Interesting superstitions. My parents are not superstitious, but my grandparents are. They used to tell my parents all sorts of do’s and don’ts.


  3. My family believes that if you drop a piece of silverware that it means company is coming. That’s not nearly as interesting as #1 though. If my mom told me when I was younger I’d be scarred for life. I WILL NEVER WHISTLE AGAIN!


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