You’re excused

This morning I remembered to say White Rabbit – how about you?

My Granny Sassy, long passed onto a higher life now, used to do this religiously on the 1st of every month and whether she had a lot of good luck is unknown, but she always had a merry smile and warm hugs for me as a child so I guess the answer is yes.

Wikipedia tells me it is an English tradition to say this at the beginning of a new month, or you can go: Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit, if you prefer – at the risk of everyone else thinking you have gone completely insane.

Wikipedia also seems to think it could have stemmed from a work of fiction in 1922:

“Why,” the man in the brown hat laughed at him, “I thought everybody knew ‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.’ If you say ‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit’—three times, just like that—first thing in the morning on the first of the month, even before you say your prayers, you’ll get a present before the end of the month.”

It seems the tradition has spread worldwide so I am not that crazy after all.  And hey, I am holding out for that present before the end of the month.

However, there is one thing which has become so widespread that it is now seen as good social grace to say it:  Bless You!!

You are seen to be rude in some way if you don’t say it.  Er, why?

I never got this concept, especially since the whole thing started centuries ago during the time of the bubonic plague, when the first sign that you had the plague was that you started sneezing.

Go figure – Bless You, just in case you have the plague??

What is wrong with:  Excuse me/You’re excused? 

But Bless you??  If I ruled the world, it’s the first thing I will have banned.

White rabbit, white rabbit…..