Pair 'tempts fate' by marrying today

October 12, 2000

Pair 'tempts fate' by marrying today

By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer

Krista Shea said the significance of today's date didn't really cross her mind when she and fianc Patrick Anderson picked it to get married.

"We hoped for a fall wedding. This weekend was the only weekend that would fit the schedules of our parents and our jobs," Shea, 33, said.

With Anderson moving to Hagerstown from England and the couple buying a new house, they decided to keep the wedding low-key and have it on a weekday, according to Shea.

"We realized it was Friday the 13th, but we're not superstitious," she said. That hasn't stopped her from having some fun with her friends when she mentions the wedding date.


"People's reactions are either to say that the date doesn't matter as long as we're happy, or their faces fall and they go silent," Shea said. "It surprises me how many people are superstitious."

Washington County Clerk of the Court Dennis Weaver said Shea's marriage ceremony might be the only one conducted in Civil Court today.

The court averages about five marriages on Fridays, which is usually the busiest day for weddings, he said, but there are often none on Friday the 13th.

"We have had couples who said they were specifically getting married on Friday the 13th for the fun of it or to tempt fate," Weaver said.

Weaver has his own philosophy about weddings on Friday the 13th.

"I don't think the date makes a lot of difference in a marriage; there are a lot of other important things involved," he said.

The misfortune associated with Friday and the number 13 can be traced back to the days of Adam and Eve.

It was on a Friday that the pair, after eating the forbidden fruit, was banished from the Garden of Eden. It was the 13th member at the Last Supper who betrayed Jesus.

The fear of the number 13 has pervaded society so much that hotels and hospitals will not number the 13th floor as such, and some airlines skip the 13th row. There is even a term for fear of the number 13, triskaidekaphobia.

If you believe sayings such as, "step on a crack, break your mother's back," you should probably stay home today. Who knows what can happen on a day that's traditionally shrouded in bad luck.

Shea admits she does follow one superstition. "I won't walk on cracks in the sidewalk. My mother had a terrible back growing up and I didn't want to be responsible for making it worse.

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