Superstitious

Donning her red dress, Sally joined her husband in meeting his mother for their traditional Mid-Autumn Festival dinner of duck, pomelos, and mooncakes.  When the meal was over, and before her mother-in-law noticed, Sally grabbed the chopsticks she accidently left upright in the bowl of leftover rice.  Stealthily, she lay them horizontal on the chopstick rest uncrossed.  

Walking home, Sally avoided the cracks in the sidewalk. She sighed as they crossed beneath the strand of garlic that hung from the top of their front door frame.  

Knocking on wood, she declared, “It’s a good thing I’m not superstitious like her.”

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhōngqiū kuàilè) to you, even though it’s not until next Thursday, October 1st.  Just a little explanation for the story … You never stand your chopsticks straight up in your food.  It represents death, so that’s no good. Also, the wearing of red is good luck in Chinese culture, especially during this festival and Chinese New Year.  Pomelos are harvested in the fall and eating them represents blessing.  Mooncakes symbolize the moon and family harmony, so eating them during this time signifies happiness and health for the family.  Eating duck is thought to nourish the body and symbolizes “getting rid of the oppressor,” according to one source.  I don’t know exactly, but Peking duck (Beijing kaoya) certainly is delicious!!  

Hong Kong

The very interesting photo this week, taken by Dale Rogerson, prompted me to write this story as my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. 

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit here.

42 Comments Add yours

  1. Tannille says:

    We all have our quirks. I enjoyed how you put this story together B.The protagonist is blind to her own superstitions.

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    1. We certainly do have our own quirks, except for me, I have none. 😀 I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, T!!

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  2. So brilliantly told in so few words! There are so many superstitions in the world aren’t there.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! It’s certainly true. Before I wrote the story, I looked up and read about superstitions in different cultures. Wow, an enormous amount and a lot of crossover in various cultures. It’s amazing. =)

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    Superstitious is when you accept other people’s beliefs about luck. OCD is something else again

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    1. Thank you for pointing that out, Neil. I was going for superstitious but I suppose the avoidance of the cracks in the sidewalk and the tapping of the wood might lend an OCD type feel for the character. That was not my intent, but again thank you for commenting. Have a nice weekend! =)

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  4. Dear Brenda,

    Informative as it was fun. Thank you for the info at the end. 😀

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I wasn’t sure if I should, but I’m very glad you enjoyed it. =)

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Everyone has their own little superstitions. Nicely crafted.

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    1. They certainly do! Thanks so much, Iain. =)

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  6. Dora says:

    Oh how interesting! Thank you for the cultural flavor. And no, she certainly wasn’t superstitious 😂

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    1. I’m very glad you found the story interesting. =) Thank you for the nice comments. We are all blind to our own “doings” until we stop and think about it for a minute. (haha)

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  7. An informative piece with a delightful ending! I’m going to be very careful about how I leave my chopsticks in future – not that I’m superstitious of course!

    Here’s mine!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the ending, and thanks so much for letting me know. =)

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  8. Ann Coleman says:

    I loved that last line!

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    1. I’m so glad!! Thanks, Ann. =)

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  9. This made me chuckle. Thanks. I needed that today.

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    1. And, that makes me happy, Alicia!! =)

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  10. DrJunieper says:

    Wow, your writing is good … had no idea … you could easily write a novel, Brenda!! Hope you do it at some point:):)
    Oh yes, I remember Peking duck. It was in Beijing, during our trip visiting our son for a week. His friend, a Hawaiian guy studying Chinese at the university had made the suggestion and joined us., We entered the restaurant during a torrential rain, making the floor muddy with our soaking wet shoes (which greatly embarrassed me, but I couldn’t do anything about it). Soon I forgot about it when the perfect duck with all the side dishes appeared on the table. Oh, you’re making me nostalgic about this trip in 2007:)

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    1. Thank you so much, Jesh. I am, actually, in the process of writing a novel. It has reached the 200,000 word mark, and I’m still writing. It’s my first go, and I don’t know how good it is, but I love every minute of creating the story. Your kind comment made me smile!

      I’m so happy to remind you of your time with your son in Beijing and your first time tasting Peking duck. For me, it was some time in the late ’80’s when my husband taught at a university in Guangdong Province. The school often treated us to special dinners, including this one. Also, we frequently had the students to our flat, and they enjoyed cooking special foods from their hometowns. Did you try Jiaozi dumplings? It is especially popular in the north, and it’s a close second favorite for me. Wonderful memories indeed! =)

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  11. Dale says:

    That’s a good thing, indeed! That was enjoyable, Brenda.

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    1. I’m very glad you enjoyed, Dale! We are all blind to our own “issues” except me of course. =)

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  12. msjadeli says:

    Entertaining story and good to learn about cultural practices for the holiday (and the superstitions.)

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    1. I’m really glad you enjoyed the story! The rich variety of different cultures, even many of the superstitions, makes for a more interesting world. =)

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  13. draliman says:

    Everyone has their little quirks. I know I do 🙂

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    1. Certainly. Me too. =)

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  14. plaridel says:

    what a twist in the end. didn’t expect it. well done. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Plaridel! =)

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  15. James McEwan says:

    We all have those little superstitious moments how else can we trust fate?

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    1. True enough. Thanks for stopping by, James! =)

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  16. Sandra says:

    I love these little culture quirks. I once had a meal with some friends in Hong Kong. I thought they would never stop filling my plate until my husband told me that would continue until I left some. Nicely done

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra. What a lovely memory for you. I love that tradition and always leave the table stuffed full of yummy food. Missing the food lately, especially the dim sum. Hope you are doing well!

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  17. Loved this, Brenda – and your explanation. 🙂

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    1. I’m very happy that you enjoyed, Susan! =)

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  18. granonine says:

    Thanks for a fun story and an education 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed! =)

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  19. notestowomen says:

    Thanks for the explanation at the end of a fun story, Brenda.

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    1. I so glad you enjoyed, Adele! =)

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  20. Nobbinmaug says:

    Beliefs are only superstitions if they’re someone else’s.

    I have another one for you. Eating with one chopstick represents dorkiness. I had Chinese food in the park last weekend. I dropped one of my chopsticks. People think eating with chopsticks is hard. Try eating with one.

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  21. 😂Thank you for the amusing image! I’m a bit clumsy so have done things like this before. I guess it’s then that the one chopstick serves as a shovel as you hold the container up to your lips!!

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  22. Mike says:

    You painted a great picture with just a few words. Full of images.

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