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February 13, 2013

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I remember there were some adages in the old days about number of children you'd have, but I don't remember what they were. I wonder if my sisters do?

God bless.

RB
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Pull out the petals on a daisy - loves me, loves me not -- to find out hoe he/she really feels.

The only one that comes to mind is, "Marry in haste, repent at leisure."
I have always heard that if your necklace clasp comes to the front you get a wish - I think it is much nicer to believe your sweetheart is thinking of you though!
Hmmm, maybe Chitter and Chatter will marry twin boys whose names start with D.!

The way I heard it, the white spots on your finger nails indicates how many lies you've told lately.

I always heard the opposite of this one:
If a couple are married when it is raining, they will never be happy.

I heard that's a guarantee they will be happy.

I cracked up about the one where the skirt blows up or stocking falling down...hubba hubba!

Sounds like Chatter and Chitter are going to marry twins named Danny and Denny? ;)

I've already posted, but since the earlier one, I've looked up some more love lore and want to add some interesting tidbits:
On Valentine's Eve, if a girl will pin laurel leaves on her pillow, and she dreams of someone that night, he wants to be her sweetheart. In fact, laurel leaves always bring thoughts of a loved one.

Put any one of these under your pillow, and you will dream of your sweetheart:
--a silver spoon
--a love knot fashioned of wood shavings
--a small ladder made of sticks
(your lover will climb the ladder to you!)
--a bit of wedding cake (borrowed from someone else's wedding) and passed twice through a ring and placed under your pillow will bring dreams of your true love.

Count the first nine stars showing on a clear night. The first man the lady sees the next day will be her sweetheart--if she wants him to be!

On St. Valentine's Day, peer at the moon; you will see the face of your beloved in the moon.

Here are two we borrow from our English ancestors that brought them over to the mountains:
Go out at night into the woods or a forested area. Take hold of the tip of a leaf and recite this verse, and whatever sound you hear, that part of the verse will come true for you. Go slowly; give time between each:

If I am to marry near,
Let me hear a bird cry.

If I am to marry far,
Let me hear a cow low.

If I am to single die,
Let hear a knocking by.

And then there's the "silent" supper, the "dumb" supper, or the "backward" supper that gives you a vision of your sweetheart:

Prepare a full-course meal and serve it in complete silence. It is OK for more than one single lady to do this together, but no talking! Serve the meal "backward," by courses, beginning with dessert first, then main course, then salad. When the meal is finished--still not talking--remain quiet until the stroke of midnight, and the ghostly form of your beloved will reveal himself to you.

I hope some of these "Love Lore" charms work for you! And Happy Valentine's Day!

I love to read these!

One of the "quickest"--when daisies are blooming--is to take a daisy flower, pull the petals off one by one as you think about your sweeetheart and say, "he/she loves me, loves me not." Whichever comes up with the last daisy petal is a sure sign that one's sweetheart does or doesn't love the "daisy-petal" puller!

Very interesting folklore!

my mother and her sisters told me this one: before going to bed take a thimble of salt and a thimble of meal -- your future husband will bring you a drink of water in your dreams.

I bet many females have done this. Don' know about males. Take a flower and pull off petals one at a time saying loves me--loves me not. Whatever the last one is will be how he feels.

These traditional sayings are always charming, for the hope for happiness that they express. We heard about plucking the petals off a daisy, saying with each one, "he loves me; he loves me not." The last petal falls on the beau's true feeling.

When walking down a sidewalk:

Step on a crack, break your mother's back.


Ron-good one-I totally forgot about twisting the apple stem : )


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Tipper, I've heard some of these. I've never paid much attention to things like this because they never made any sense to me.
I thought when you pulled the wishbone that it was the one who got the biggest half that got the prize.
I wonder, do men think of this lore as much as women do?

The number of white spots on the fingernail also had a meaning more appropriate for young boys, who didn't even want to hear about girlfriends and marriage at that age. Can't remember whaqt that meaning was, though.

I remember all of your additions to the Watauga County list, but only a few of that list. Once I stood at the kitchen sink with my Great-Aunt Della. She washed while I rinsed and dried. I often recall her words. "If your belly gets wet while washing dishes, you will marry a drunk." I was spared despite having many a wet belly.

I really enjoyed those sayings and at the present time there isn't one comes to mind. I am looking forward to reading some more from your readers. An early Happy Valentine's Day to all!

One I remember from childhood is twisting the stem off an apple and using the alphabet. What ever letter it comes off on will be the first letter of the name of your husband or wife.

If you're walking with your loved one and something separates you such as lamppost,tree, say "bread and butter" so nothing will separate your love. My grandmother, Ida Johnson Wages, said this when we were walking down the sidewalk in Lawrenceville,Ga.

Happy is the bride the sun shines on!

Marry in black, wish yourself back!!

It's been awhile, but I remember the white spots on the fingernails being babies.

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