I have to admit, as a child, I was pretty gullible. But I guess most children are, only a little percentage are born as geniuses.. Kids are so easy to deceive, they’ll believe almost anything you tell them. Just the other day, I told my little brother that he fell from the sky and my mum caught him in her hands and that was how he came into this world. I’ve been easily deceived by other kids my age when I was younger and I even believed some superstitions which were popular among kids back then.
The first incident I can remember was Rebecca and her hair. You see, Rebecca was born with chocolate brown natural dreads which we call Dada. I’d never seen anything like it before so I touched it. She gasped almost immediately, covering her mouth with her small hands. She told me that because I had touched her hair, my hair would be just like hers. I totally fell for it and got scared. I didn’t want her hair, I liked mine just fine. I was scared for weeks. When I realized my hair wasn’t transforming in any way, I knew she’d deceived me. How could I let a girl my own age fool me like that?
Chinyere was a plus sized bully back when I was in Primary One and I was an easy target(I was skinny and small). I became her favourite person to bully.She would cross her elbows with mine,suck her thumb and say she was sucking away all my power. You guessed it, I fell for that too. I swear I could feel energy escaping from my body or at least that was what she made me believe.
There was this popular superstition circulating around kids when I was still a child. We would do something wrong and then in order to make the teacher or adult forget to give us due punishment, we would pluck our eyelashes and lay them at the entrance where the person would pass through. The superstition stated that if the individual walked over the lashes, he/she would instantly forget our misdemeanour. It was common in primary schools especially when the teacher would promise to discipline us the next day, we would all gather our lashes and lay them like sacrifices. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. The times it worked were purely coincidental but you couldn’t convince our innocent minds otherwise.
While the Americans and Europeans believed in tooth fairies,we had our very own superstition to this effect. At the age where would start losing our teeth, superstition stated that in order for the new tooth to grow in replacement of the old one that fell out, we would have to throw said tooth on the roof. There are multiple variations of this superstition. Some say that the tooth is to be thrown on the roof so lizards won’t eat it because if that happens, it would never grow back. Some say you have to throw your teeth along with stones so that it would grow really fast.
What other superstitions were you aware of as a child? I would love to know in the comments section. Like and follow if you enjoyed this post.