A Costa Rican Superstition come True

I like superstitions.

There is something fun and magical about them.

I’d like to think that the creative energy that propels this wonderful world likes to play fun games with us.  I really wanted to believe this one.  It would mean a lot of changes for our family and a new-found independence.

I come from a Polish background full of superstition.  If you drop a fork, that means that someone is talking about you.  Dropping a knife means someone is coming over, so you better prepare some cake and coffee.

Some common American superstitions are: 
If you break a mirror it will bring you seven years bad luck
If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for
An itchy palm means money will come your way


These are harmless hopes, tendencies, call it what you may. But when I heard this one, I wanted to believe it SO much.

Last weekend while playing on the beach, I was talking with a Tica (a local woman) who said that it worked for her baby.

So, I decided to try it.

The Tico Superstition: Bury your child in the sand, waist deep.  Leave them there for a few minutes.  The energy of the sand will help strengthen their legs and within a week, they’ll be walking.

So I did it.  I grabbed our sand scoops and started digging.  I buried Miss I in the sand.

i buried in the sand

The Result:

“I” walks.

She did it today in a display of courage and pride. Balancing herself, she stood on her own, looked at us with an “I’m going to do this” smile, and moved her chunky legs.  THIS is a big moment in a parent’s life.  For us, it means she’s one step closer to carrying her own backpack.

You can’t deny that it worked!  Within a week (actually within 2 days) of burying her in the sand, her legs have gained the strength and stability to walk.


“I” is for Independent Walker:

I Walks.

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7 Responses to “A Costa Rican Superstition come True”

  1. Pam October 5, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Love this post!!!

  2. Genevieve October 5, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    Wow! So happy for you, and mostly for her! She finally walks… and does it so princessly!

    Love you all!

  3. S King October 5, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Thanks gals! We’ve been awaiting this moment and it couldn’t of happened at a better time. We’re going hiking in the Osa Peninsula, “I” can test out her skills there 🙂

  4. Shannon October 5, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Yay…. I! Look at her go!! That is amazing!!!!

  5. Susan October 5, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    “For us, it means she’s one step closer to carrying her own backpack.” Sheesh…if I had known this, I may have whispered in her ear to hang back a bit and let her Mom and Dad carry the load a bit longer! LOL! I want to know if there is a superstition that will stop a toddler from screaming and start using his words. Just in theory, of course. 🙂

    Yippee for “I”!!!

  6. J October 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    Look at how proud she is of herself! Hooray, pretty girl!!

  7. Allison October 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    She looks so adorable toddling about in that cute dress!

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