Rain was asleep beside me on the bed last night. She was on the middle of the bed, I was by the right side of the bed, and on the left side was the wall and window. I noticed that the curtain was a bit open. It was a ceiling to floor window so it exposes too much of us to the neighbors especially at night when the curtains are open. So I stood up on the bed and was about to walk over sleeping Rain when I stopped and suddenly remembered a pamahiin or urband legend as they call it that the elders would tell us when we were kids. Couldn't help but laugh at how silly it sounded, much more with the fact that we actually believed it!
The legend went like this: When you're lying down on the bed ( or anywhere like on the floor on a mat or something) then someone walks over you to get to the other side, we would tell that person "uy balikan mo ako!" Meaning the person who literally walked over you should skip back. Because if not, you won't grow taller.
It's silly isn't it? This got me reminiscing about all the other pamahiins that we followed when we were kids...
> Don't sleep with your hair wet. You'll go blind (Is there actually a connection from the hair roots to the eyes?
> When you jokingly cross your eyes to try to be funny, you should be careful not to have the wind blow in your face. Or else you'll stay cross-eyed forever. Hence the warning "baka maihipan ka ng hangin!" (The wind might blow on you"
> Don't spill salt or you'll pick every grain in hell (This one's actually scary!)
> Don't sweep the floor at night time. You might sweep a dwarf and it will get mad at you and punish you!
> Don't open an umbrella inside the house because it's bad luck. (Of course who would right? Because it doesnt make any sense to do so. But "bad luck" ? I'm not so sure hehehe)
> Of course there's the jumping at the strike of New Years eve, so you'll grow taller. (I'm living proof it's not real.)
These are just off the top of my head. Trying to think of more but my memory is failing me. I'm sure there's a lot! Aaah to have the innocence of a child again!
How about you? Care to share some of your childhood urband legends?:-)