My parents threw many superstitious sayings at me when I was a child, no doubt to keep me in line. I enjoyed pulling faces, as most kids do still, and my father constantly reminded me, if the wind changes your face will stay like that. I have to admit, I believed him and often found myself stopping mid face contortion and resuming my normal appearance.
Many of these old superstitions are grounded in truth, or have some sort of logical explanation for their existence. I’ve searched for an answer, but never figured out this wind change one. We lived in a windy town, so wind changes were quite the norm. I tried justifying the possibility of face changes in my childish mind. Maybe the sudden change frightened the face muscles to such an extent they could never return to normal.
I laugh now at the nonsense our parents fed us in the past and even more so remembering how we believed them. I guess they felt if they put fear into us we’d stop our annoying habits. I wonder if parents ever tried convincing in a positive way, if you smile sweetly and the wind changes, your face will stay like that. Somehow I don’t think so.
Did your parents bring you up on superstitious sayings? And, if you believed them, why? I look forward to reading your answers.