Since I was a child I have always had this infatuation with "Wishbones"...
My mother would save them on the counter for months and then we'd have fun breaking them. "OH!" she would say, "You won! Make a *Wish*" To this day, I'm still saving "wishbones" but never really understood where it all began. Have you? Do you break wishbones?
So, I decided to do a little research and found out that saving and breaking wishbones has been going on for centuries!
Did you know that the "wishbone" history began at least 2,400 years ago with the pilgrims that lived on the Italian peninsula? They believed that chickens and turkeys were fortune tellers and when one of them was sacrificed, its collarbone was considered sacred. They would dry the bone and anyone that wanted to touch the bone made a wish. Ah ha! The name "Wishbone" was born!
Maybe Rodney Dangerfield got some of his sayings from an unlucky break of a wishbone as the terms "I need a lucky break" and "I never get a break" came from the loser of the tug of a wishbone contest!
When the English heard of this wishbone fascination, they called their wishbone breaking, "Merry Thoughts". Personally, I just like "Wishbone" because the loser isn't necessarily having "merry thoughts" now are they?
For those of you that are not familiar with this tradition, a wishbone is found between the neck and the breast of a poultry and it looks like a "Y". To perform the tradition, you need to dry the wishbone for at least 2-3 months. Then, you get another person to try their luck. Each person takes one end of the bone and pulls it until it breaks. The person that gets the larger piece of the bone is the winner and gets to make a *wish*!
So, what happens if the wishbone breaks evenly and the top of the bone is not on either pullers bone? AH! no worries, "you both get to make a wish!"
Finally, the "Wishbone" is explained. I have two wishbones saved and ready to be broken. I have a list of wishes that I'd like to come true, so hopefully I'll get a lucky break!
Do you break wishbones?