Life in Poland

Lucky Ducks

We are now 24 zloty richer as we have won the lotto – 3 numbers- as I knew we would. How did I know? Well, all the signs were pointing to our incredible good luck and inevitable win.
On Thursday, I saw 2 storks (which are good luck, aren’t they?) – one at work and then another at school. Those teachers are pretty crafty.

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On Friday, I saw 3 chimney sweeps. And mind you, that was three separate chimney sweeps on three separate occasions. I held my button each time and considered myself very lucky*
Then, Friday evening I was watching an old episode of “Friends” and they were talking about chimney sweeps. It was a sign.
Saturday morning there were 3 ladybugs on my bedroom window, inside. Ladybugs are lucky, aren’t they?
Then on the way to the market, I saw a  new plastic stork in my neighbor’s front garden. At the market I saw a lovely stork Easter decoration and we had parked right in front of the Ruch Kiosk which sells lottery tickets. We were shoe-ins to win.
Hmmm, what to do with 24 zloty? I will take my Grandma’s old advice and not spend it all in one place.
*My three chimney sweeps must be somewhere in this picture below. Chimney sweeps are considered lucky in Poland and if you see one (or three for that matter) you should touch one of your buttons for a moment for good luck. I suppose touching one of the chimney sweeps buttons would be even luckier. But the most luck of all would be of a college student I once saw in the Market Square. She approached 2 chimney sweeps and from what I could surmise made a request to which they agreed. After that, she took the older gentleman’s face in her hands, kissed him on the lips delicately but with fervor and then pulled one of his buttons off of his jacket and walked away with it. As she was walking away, she tossed the button up in the air and caught it. The chimney sweeps (and a few passersby, such as myself) stood dumbfounded.
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    Asia Prezentuje Prezenty
    March 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    If I know which episode of Friends you watched that must mean I am a total addict to this TV series, right?

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    March 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I like the story 🙂 I got pooped on by a pigeon once on my way to an exam and passed flying colours cause they say crap brings good luck too. Well done me, but my hat was ruined.

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    March 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I thought seeing a stork means a baby on the way:)Kominiarz – definitely good luck!Congratulations on your big win! Your grandma was right – don't spend it all at once.

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    March 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    PP – Ok, let's check…it was the episode where….?Kasia- Oh I forgot about the good luck of a bird pooping on you. Well, yes, we can all feel so lucky when that happens. Congratulations on your exam results and my condolences on your hat.Kasia – Storks only bring babies? Maybe they are just good luck if they nest on your house. Or maybe I am just making it up?

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    March 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I forgot to add that while cleaning litter from the forest near my house (I know, it's a strange hobby) I collected 8 bottles of Luksusowa and one bottle of Żołąkowa Gorzka -that has to be good luck, right?

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    March 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I googled it and found out that storks bring good luck, AND stork bring babies – supposedly according to an old European legend. As kids when we asked parents how we arrived in this world, they used to say: \”bocian cie przyniosl\”.

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    March 29, 2012 at 6:33 am

    My parents told us the same thing but we just couldn't figure out how. There are no storks in Pennsylvania!

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    April 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Regarding storks – if the first stork you see given year is flying – you'll travel (the higher it is flying, the further you'll go), if the first stork you see is walking/standing -you'll stay home this year.

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