Monday, June 1, 2009

Amusing Mondays: Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit

I will be tallying May GRaB entries
and be able to announce the winner by Wednesday!


In my family, we have the tradition of saying "Rabbit rabbit rabbit" to each other on the first day of the month.  Our belief was that if you do so, you won't fight with each other during the month.  Here's what wikipedia has to say:
“Rabbit rabbit white rabbit” is a common superstition, held particularly among children. The most common modern version states that a person should say “rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit” upon waking on the first day of each new month, and on doing so will receive good luck for the remainder of that month.

The exact origin of the superstition is unknown, though it has appeared in print at least as early as 1954 in Bromley, Kent, where it is most commonly said to have originated, though some reports place its origins even earlier, into the 1800s. Today it has spread to most of the English-speaking countries of the world, although like all folklore, determining its exact area of distribution is difficult. This superstition is related to the broader belief in the rabbit or hare being a “lucky” animal, as exhibited in the practice of carrying a rabbit's foot for luck. Some have also believed it is representing a jumping into the future and moving ahead with life and happiness.
I'm thinking, then that the "not fighting" bit was invented by my parents to keep us four kidlings from arguing, wrestling, hitting, and in all other ways hurting each other.  Some months it worked.  Some months - and years - it didn't.  Rabbit or no, the four of us as adults are very close:


Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, everyone!

9 comments:

  1. Aw ... look at the cute widdle wabbit!!!

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  2. ah'm gonna blow ya ta smithereenies, ya mangy varmint! ;) lol

    [have to tally my wordcount to this point, and let you know asap]

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  3. It's nice that your version eliminates the inherent subtle racism in the original.

    rabbit rabbit rabbit back at ya.

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  4. Hmm... the prospect of having a fight with you is quite tempting. But then again, I still don't know what all powers you have kept hidden from me. :D

    So 'Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit' right back at ya. For this month at least. :D

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  5. I have NEVER heard of this superstition! Totally enlightening!

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  6. How interesting! I've never heard of this before.

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  7. I've never understood the whole lucky rabbit's foot thing. Maybe it's just me, but wouldn't the rabbit that caught and had it's foot chopped off so some schmo could carry it around in his pocket all day, wouldn't that be the unlucky one?

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  8. A pinch, a punch, first of the month! No returns!
    Where did all the rabbits come from?

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  9. I almost fell over when I started reading this post! My family has been saying "rabbit rabbit" (no white in there!) since I first read about it as a kid. I have no idea where I saw it or how it originated, and everyone I've ever exposed "rabbit rabbit" to has thought I was crazy! :) Finally -- VALIDATION! Though I apparently got the exact wording of the superstition wrong as a kid... I've never thought to Google it.

    And I did remember "rabbit rabbit" yesterday :) Thanks for making my day! Off to email all the friends and family members who have doubted my sanity all these years!

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