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Thread #58232   Message #921179
Posted By: JennyO
29-Mar-03 - 09:59 AM
Thread Name: rhymes for counting Magpies
Subject: RE: BS: Magpies
The one I always heard from my grandmother went:

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three a disappointment
Four meet your boy
Five a letter
Six something better
Seven a wish
Eight a kiss
Nine an engagement
Ten a marriage
Eleven a birth
Twelve a death

I guess, if you want to make it longer, following on from a birth, you could insert twelve a divorce, thirteen a property settlement, fourteen a second marriage and so on, and finish up with death at the end, depending on how many times you get married and divorced. If you believe in reincarnation, you could keep going after that too. Not sure where magpies come into it, though.

Jenny :-)