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Friday, September 12, 2008

Unlucky Rabbit

Um...it hit me out of nowhere tonight that when we used to carry around rabbit's feet--you know...hanging from our belt loops and dyed bright blue--we were carrying around THE SEVERED REMAINS OF AN ANIMAL.

I just threw up a bit in my mouth.

I remember as a middle schooler sitting on my bed reading, absentmindedly stroking my rabbit's foot against my cheek. Seriously, how could a mother who kept a house so clean that we often ate off the floor just to prove that we could allow me to carry around an animal appendage? As a lucky charm, no less.

It all reminds me of Monsieur Three-Leg.

16 comments:

Kristin said...

I remember those rabbit's feet. I had a few of them myself.

bleu said...

I had pet rabbit's as a kid but I also grew up in a hunting household. It was later when I got a rabbit as a pet as an adult that I became very sensitive to the rabbit's feet situation. It really was a pretty morbid trend.

ak_sapphire said...

i'm really not sure how even as kids we didn't see how absolutely revolting and morose rabbit feet were. as an adult, definitely not gonna allow them in my house.

Murgdan said...

Ahahahaha...gross. You're right. I never thought about it. Do people still carry those?

The Doggie Dieter said...

I had a hot pink one and I love it. I thought it was the coolest thing.

Queenie. . . said...

For some reason, they are inextricably linked to rollerskating for me. I seem to recall looping the little metal ball chain they were on around my belt loop so they could hang there while we skated. And you could buy new ones at the rink, in the coolest colors.

You're right. . .it's soooo gross.

Lori said...

I remembered the day I realized the irony of the word "lucky."

Your title made me think of the punchline of one of those very long-to-set-up jokes:

"Silly Rabbi. Kicks are for Trids."

Bee said...

Oh no I had at least a half a dozen of these. I remember going to the store with my brother to check out all the colors. It literally makes me sick just thinking of touching it. Especially when you feel the actual foot under the soft fur. UGH!

Antigone said...

I still feel sorry for all of those frogs on crutches.

Tara said...

I just brought this exact topic up not long ago. It bloody well creeps me out that we all thought that was so "ok" and even COOL! Eww! It's so gross. And what happened to the rest of the poor rabbit??

Jen said...

Yeah, I remember that trend. I thought it was disgusting even then. A couple of my friends had them and I refused to touch them. I mean, you could feel the bones in there.

Io said...

Ack! I just read Jen's comment about feeling bones and ewwwwww.

Stacie said...

It wasn't the bones that grossed me out (like Jen), it was the toenails! Yuck! I wouldn't touch 'em after I first felt those toenails. Used to freak me out.

Ew. the word verification is: cntonyls. Do you see the toenails phonetically written? It is still haunting me!

Bea said...

You're right, that's pretty gross.

I'm gunning for that arse-kicking to come your way, by the way.

Bea

battynurse said...

I never had any rabbits feet (even though I wanted one of the soft brightly colored ones) since "good luck" charms were viewed as bad or un-godly or something when I was a child. Now I'm kind of glad I never had one.

loribeth said...

I think I still have one (that I've had since jr high) lurking in a pocket of my purse!! It's blue. I think.