Friday, November 13, 2009
Friday Five: Friday the 13th!
"The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή) (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς) (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (φοβία) (meaning fear). The term triskaidekaphobia derives from the Greek words "tris", meaning 'three', "kai", meaning 'and', and "deka", meaning 'ten'. the whole word means three and ten. The word was derived in 1911 and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953." (Wikipedia)
With thanks to my dear spouse TechnoGuy for the great suggestion, it's a Friday the 13th Friday Five!
1. How is this Friday the 13th looking for you?
So far, so good. I actually love Friday the 13th! I am a 13th-born kiddo, and so the 13th is always special for me. Then, I happened to find a way to get married on the 13th (of June), graduate from seminary on the 13th (of May), and become ordained on the 13th (of September!) The only super-special things that have happened on days OTHER than the 13th have been the births of my wee ones, but that's okay, because 1) you can't control when they come out! and 2) now they'll have their own special days/numbers.
However, I am a bit sad today. The youth at the church where I previously served as Assistant Pastor are grieving the loss of a friend today, and another friend is in a coma in the hospital. Both girls were involved in a 4-wheeler crash yesterday in the afternoon. One died instantly, and the other is in critical condition in the hospital. So, please send prayers their way.
2. Have you ever had anything unlucky happen on Friday the 13th?
I haven't! Possibly because I am always so excited for these days? I remember being especially thrilled when my birthday fell on a Friday!
3. Did your family of origin embrace or scorn superstitions?
On the continuum between embracing and scorning, they were probably smack in the middle. We didn't really talk about superstitions very much, or live by any.
4. Are there any unique or amusing ones from your family, region, or ethnic background?
Sorry that I don't have a fun answer for this! I really don't have anything to share....
5. Do you love or hate horror movies like "Friday the 13th"?
HATE HATE HATE!!!! I am a big fat 'fraidy cat! I don't like scary movies, blood and gore, anything like that. I actually am sort of afraid of the dark, in my own house. So, no scary movies for me!