Just got off the phone with Miss Helen.
And as we wished each other well for the New Year, she closed the conversation by saying "Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!".
It was a traditional saying "Mama Magnolia" taught her as a child: "If you say rabbit, rabbit, rabbit the first thing when you wake up, on the first day of each new month -- then you'll have good luck the whole month! And if you say it upon the first day of January, you'll have good luck the whole year!"
This ancient superstition has its roots in England, and survives to this day in America, mostly in the New England states. And according to Wikipedia, there are variants of the way it can be said -- just "rabbit, rabbit", or "rabbits" (plural) said three time -- or just "white rabbits".
It has to do with rabbits being a sign of good luck. (And thus, the gruesome idea of a rabbit's foot on a key chain! omg!)
Whatever the case, it was so refreshing to hear these words again tonight from Miss Helen.
So instead of saying Happy New Year this evening, I'm just going to say --
Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!