Monday, March 19, 2007
spt - luck o' the irish
The legend of the Barcelos cockerel goes back to the 13th Century. A pilgrim on his way to Santiago de Compostela stopped in Barcelos and was wrongly accused of theft and sentenced to death by hanging. After appealing to Our Lady and Saint James the Great, he announced that if he was innocent, the roasted rooster that the judge was about to eat would get up and crow. It did, the pilgrim was spared, and since then, brightly painted ceramic cockerels are sold throughout Portugal as symbols of good luck.
so my luck is actually portuguese (not irish!) i had to look this up at wikipedia, because i have had this 'good luck token' for a long time, but i was very vague on the 'good luck' part of it.
seven years ago, when matty and i moved into our first home, my sister, patricia (hi, patty!) came to visit and announced that we needed a 'kitchen chicken' for good luck. she promptly went off and found this one for us at a local craft fair. he's been in our kitchens ever since. (i believe he is intended to hold toothpicks).
he has always resided in the kitchen, which for me, is the heart of the home. he's had a few falls, shows a few chips. his ceramic glaze is cracking in all the best ways (kind of like marriage? family?) i believe he brings us luck, and i know he brings us love.
besides, it's just fun to say 'kitchen chicken' ten times fast!!
what is lucky for you?