My grandmother said that a dog’s howling is a foreboding for death. I’m not superstitious and have never believed in these tales.

I married a scientist, and we have a lovely daughter, Amy. Amy is at the very center of our existence, and gives us a purpose to live.

She is in the ICU today, held down by masks and tubes in her small frame, as the high fever refuses to subside.

The dogs are howling outside, and it makes me very scared.

19 thoughts on “Scared

  1. Raised by an especially superstitious mom, I used to put a lot of stock in them. Truth of the matter, I still look for ways to circumvent things. Amazing what powers we do have and don’t have. Great six!

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  2. I believe some superstitions have roots in truth. When in a situation as dire and frightening and as stressful as described in your 6, it’s not difficult to imagine the leap – from auditory cue to remembered superstition. Fear has a way of digging up memories, emotions from places we don’t even know existed.

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  3. Say what you will about superstition, I would submit that there is an element of truth to them, or perhaps, better to say, ‘there may have been an element of truth at one time’.
    They persist, (superstitions), for two reasons: the sense we all have a world beyond our reach and the drive to reach it.
    Nothing wrong with science. (lol)…. it’s doing what superstition has long tried to do, explain the un-explainable and predict the future… only with better special effects.
    I would submit that the value of superstition (and old wives tales) lies in their heritage. The great unknown that remains quite real (and powerful) despite the efforts of science and rational thought hasn’t gone any where.
    We can use all the help we can allow ourselves to get.

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    1. There is a flow of energy in the universe which science has not deciphered completely. It’s just the interpretations get too subjective.

      Some Indian grandmothers do not allow cleaning of the house after dusk, saying prosperity flows out. Actually, in the days of no electricity, there was a risk of trinkets or coins being swept out due to low visibility in lamp light. It is not relevant any more, but there are people who follow the rule.


  4. There are times when emotions rise that are difficult to quell. When the life of a loved one seems to lay in the balance, it can seem especially hard to do.
    Well written SSS.

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  5. My grandma was very superstitious as well. Itching palms meant money or expense depending on which Palm was itching, howling dogs were foreboding and dark assuring death for someone. Good memory provoking six!

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    1. There is a story about a saint who preferred to cover his pesky cat with a basket, when he delivered his discourse in prayer meetings. The saint and the cat both left for their heavenly abodes, but the practice of finding a cat and covering it with a basket before a prayer meeting continued. Nobody knew why was it done, but they were disciplined followers.

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