A Two Koala Day by Trish MoreyAnyone else out there love omens? Not the scary movie kind, but the meaningless things you can read into events of no real consequence. Or is that just me?
I love a good omen. Just last week I handed in a book with a hero called Sheikh Tajik. (Yes, I know it sounds like cheek to cheek, but I kind of like that) Anyway, my sheikh gets called Taj for most of the story. And of course, once I hand in a manuscript, I pretend to be happy while all the while I’m obsessing about all the things the editor is going to find to hate about it.
Anyway, in the midst of all this obsessing, I look for anything that might make me feel more positive. So the other day I’m in a liquor store stocking up on wine for a Saturday night out with friends and what do I see across the checkout that makes my insides sizzle? A beer called Taj. I kid you not. In big, bold letters and all the way from India. “It’s a sign!” I say, without a clue what kind of sign, but immediately adding a bottle to my purchases for luck.
The next day there’s a feature in the weekend papers – posh Indian hotels owned by none other than the Taj Group.
Now, that has to be an omen, right?
Okay, it’s meaningless and daft but it works for me. Like today being a two koala day, which means it’s going to be a great day. How do I know? Because every day I walk the pooch and every day I search for koalas high in the gum trees. Sometimes I see maybe one. Then I know it’s a sign that it’s going to be a good day. Two koalas means the day will be even brighter and more productive/fun/exciting (insert your word of choice). A three koala day, that’s the pinnacle of the koala richter scale, and you know your day will be the best ever. And if you don’t see any, well, you know they’re there somewhere, you just didn’t see them.
Daft? Very possibly. Meaningless? I don’t know. You see, spotting those gorgeous furry critters up on high, maybe sometimes with a baby hugging on tight, makes me smile. Sometimes they look down at you, all cute furry face and big fluffy ears. How could you not smile? And if I’ve seen three koalas I carry those smiles through the day. Self-fulfilling prophecy? No doubt. It works for me.
Anyone else out there have their own brand of signs and omens?
Koala images courtesy of Lone Pine
Taj Mahal Beer image is from Stawski Imports