This is an old wives tale born in
the back hills of Kentucky as far as can be told. The process must be done
exactly as told and you will learn the initials of the person that you will
marry. Not necessarily the first person, however, the initials represent the one
that you will marry and stay with “until death you do part”.
To learn the initials you will need:
Open the scissors partial and then
wrap with the tissue. Place the scissors in the King James Bible at the
beginning of the Book of Ruth. Each person then places their little finger in
the each handle of the scissors, just using the tips of the little finger.
The helper then states the first letter of the
alphabet “A”. The person wishing to know whom she will marry recites
“And Ruth said, Retreat me not to leave thee, or return from following after
thee. Whither thou goest, I will go. Whiter thou lodgest, I will lodge. Thy
people shall be my people and thy God my God.”
Repeat this for each letter of the alphabet.
When the helper says the first initial and the other one begins to repeat the
quote, the scissors will fall from both fingers. This will be the first initial.
Repeat to find the last letter of the last name.
Not too many people remember these initials
throughout their lives to learn if this old wives tale is true, but there are
quite a few that enjoy watching the scissors spin right off the fingers of the
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