October 1, 2002
"Rabbit, Rabbit, Good Fortune's a Habit!"
One of my ancient, long-deceased aunts assured me as a child that if I began and ended each month with this mantra, my days would be filled with happiness and prosperity. I chanted it faithfully for two years before it dawned on me that it might be a crock. I gradually discarded other superstitions as well, like not opening an umbrella inside the house (how the hell else are you supposed to dry it??). But I still do not change my calendar until after midnight of the new month. It's a way of life.