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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.


1 Kristin { 09.12.08 at 10:30 pm }

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

2 bleu { 09.12.08 at 10:37 pm }

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.

3 ak_sapphire { 09.12.08 at 11:52 pm }

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.

4 Murgdan { 09.13.08 at 5:19 am }

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

5 The Doggie Dieter { 09.13.08 at 7:38 am }

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

6 Queenie. . . { 09.13.08 at 8:29 am }

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.

7 Lori { 09.13.08 at 9:19 am }

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.”

8 Bee { 09.13.08 at 9:53 am }

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!

9 Antigone { 09.13.08 at 10:13 am }

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

10 Tara { 09.13.08 at 10:17 am }

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??

11 Jen { 09.13.08 at 10:28 am }

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.

12 Io { 09.13.08 at 3:02 pm }

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

13 Stacie { 09.13.08 at 6:32 pm }

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!

14 Bea { 09.13.08 at 6:38 pm }

You’re right, that’s pretty gross.

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


15 battynurse { 09.13.08 at 7:34 pm }

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.

16 loribeth { 09.15.08 at 9:41 am }

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.

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