BLACK CATS & SUPERSTITION!
By: Jack Serig, Sr.
I was walking down the company street of B Company, 28th
Infantry Battle Group, 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) Ft. Riley, Kansas.
It was late afternoon, October 31st, 1959--- HALLOWEEN. I was a First
Lieutenant, Executive Officer of Company B.
A black cat emerged from between the enlisted barracks
at a fast trot about a barrack ‘s length ahead crossing my path from right
to left. I thought about the several stories I’d heard about
it being bad luck to have a black cat cross your path. Then, I put
it to rest. I was not superstitious!
I was in high spirits after having visited my wife at the Army hospital who was about to deliver our second child.
The next day, November 1, 1959, the child, whom we previously,
and jointly, agreed to name Jack Jr., was born. He was afflicted with
Down Syndrome. He was retarded!
The black cat’s image crossing my path automatically repeated
itself many times in my head over the next few weeks and many times over
the years since Jack’s birth.
Now, forty years later, the entire family recognizes that
Jack, Jr. has always been the centerpiece of the love and affection that
has flowed within the family circle which includes himself, his three brothers
and sister, his mother and father, and his numerous relatives and friends.
How can anyone be superstitious about a black cat bringing bad luck?