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Friday, October 29, 2010

Fortune Teller

Halloween is an excuse for women to show off a lot of skin, men to act creepier than usual hidden behind masks and everyone to eat too many sweets. It's not even the 31st and I have already had my fill of candy corn. The last time I "dressed up" was six years ago for a co-workers Halloween party and I was a very demure 50's girl complete with poodle skirt, cardigan sweater, pigtails and Keds. Clearly, I have never been a big fan of this holiday. I am, however, looking forward to creating new traditions for and with Lucas and this year will be his first time trick-or-treating. Pictures on Monday!

One thing about Halloween that is very intriguing to me are haunted houses, ghost stories, witches and fortune tellers. Like most, I'm not overly comfortable with the macabre, but there is a large part of me that believes strongly in the afterlife, mediums and those who can communicate with the dead and not a Halloween goes by that I don't think about a story my grandmother and then mother used to tell me.

I didn't know my grandmother (my mom's mother) very well. We always lived very far away from my grandparents and we only saw them once a year. What I do recall is that she was a heavy smoker, very loud, collected owl figurines and loved to sew. The story she told made chills run up and down my spine.

My grandmother was 15 and out shopping with a girlfriend and stumbled upon a fortune teller. For kicks, they decided to go in. My grandmother went first and the psychic told her the "standard", you'll marry someone tall, dark and handsome, to which my grandmother giggled and then promptly forgot.

When it was her friend's turn, the fortune teller clammed up and became very jittery. She claimed that she couldn't tell the girl's fortune because nothing was coming to her and instead wrote something on a piece of paper and asked her to put the note in her shoe and read once she got home.

The two girls carried on with their day, had lunch, did more shopping and as they were heading home crossed a busy intersection. My grandmother's friend was hit a car. She was instantly killed.

According to my grandmother, the note tucked in her shoe read, "you'll never live to read this".

I have never heard this story from anyone else so as far as I know, it is true.

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Halloween!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a crazy story!

And I had my fill of candy corn 20 years ago :-) Hope you have some great times w/ Lucas!

October 29, 2010 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

oohh.. You gave me goosebumps. How scary!

And I love candy corn. Esp. the autumn mix bag with pumpkins. Yummy.

October 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

W.H.O.A. After my chills from head to toe, I went back and re-read it to be sure I read it write! INSANITY!!!

October 29, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

I remember you telling me this story in the Gambia, all those years ago, and I never forgot it! So scary!

October 29, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger alicia said...

Yikes. That's a crazy story. I'm not a crazy Halloween fanatic like some, but I've enjoyed dressing the kids up over the years. Happy Halloween to you!

October 29, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Shana said...

That is freaky. Wow.

October 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Creepy....very creepy. Just might be the thing bad dreams are made of!

Have fun with Lucas!

October 29, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Super creepy is right! I remember Mom telling me this story too. Ugh! Fortune tellers really scare me! I've had a few bad experiences with them and then after hearing this story, I just don't think that I'll ever be able to go see one again in my life.

October 29, 2010 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Tough Cookie Mommy said...

Wow, this is really scary and creepy. This is exactly why I do not go to fortune tellers. I prescribe to the theory that you should not ask any questions that you are not prepared to hear the answers to...

November 1, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus! I literally have goosebumps all over my body! This is not the kind of thing you want to read at 11pm. Yikes!

What an awesome story though. No doubt it will be passed on for generations.

November 3, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

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