Date of Performance/Collection: 4/20/19
Primary Language: English
The following is from a 20-year-old USC student. She is describing a superstition she was taught. I will be represented by K and she will be represented by A.
K: So, tell me about some superstitions you have.
A: Uh, yeah, so… my… my grandma used to tell me, back in North Carolina, if it’s raining… with- when the sun is up, like it’s not cloudy and it’s raining- and you look under a rock, you’ll find the color of your future husband’s hair… It’s… true story.
K: So, what does this piece of folklore mean to you?
A: Uhm… to me it means that… uh, my husband’s going to have brown hair… and every day I look for him… Thanks Grandma!
This conversation took place in my living room with a group of people. The informant brought up the superstition taught by her grandma and I asked her if I could record it for this project. She agreed and we all listened to the story.
Like most superstitions, it is clear that this one is not necessarily accurate, but something fun to believe in. The informant’s grandma told her about this when she was younger, probably trying to give her something to believe in and look forward to as a lot of adults do with kids these days. We see this in a lot of Disney films with the idea of believing in a better future and looking forward to a happily ever after. It is likely that this belief is meant as a happily ever after type.