In honor of Halloween, les choses qui porte malheur. (Things that bring bad luck).
Learned from experience:
1. SINGING MAKES FOR STORMY WEATHER, (ESPECIALLY YOUR SINGING COQUETTE)
Jeanne gets off the phone with her mom, who is coming to visit next week. She says, “Please don't sing for the two days before she comes and that way it’ll be nice weather.”
2. SMOKING KILLS FISHERMAN
I am at Bistro des Artistes, and a friend lights a cigarette from a candle on our table.
“Merde, you just killed a mariner!” says another friend.
Learned at the Alliance Francaise, Friday the 13th:
3. IF SOMEONE HANDS YOU A LOAF OF BREAD, LINED-PATTERN DOWN, IT MEANS THEY ARE GOING TO KILL YOU (OR POSSIBLY THAT THEY THINK YOU ARE A KILLER)
In my notes from class, I have a lovely little picture of a loaf of bread, and I wrote next to it “bread w/this upside down is for people who kill others,” so, you decide what I meant.
4. KNIVES ARE NOT TO BE GIVEN AS GIFTS
My teacher Pascale explained that should you ever wish to give someone a set of knives for say, a wedding gift, WHATEVER YOU DO, make sure that they give you a small piece of change in return, because then you can trick the evil spirits into thinking you were just pawning off some stuff to a friend, as opposed to CURSING THEIR MARRIAGE FOR LIFE.