Ever since I was little, my mother and I have been practicing the same little charm at the beginning of the month. See, my mother told me that if you said �white rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits� out loud as soon as you woke up on the first day of the month, before you talk to anyone else, you�d receive a present sometime during that month.

When you�re little, this is a very exciting thing. It�s almost like magic. You say secret words, and something wonderful happens within the next thirty or so days.

Needless to say, I tried very hard, and I�d remember eight times out of ten. Now that I�m grown up (or so they say), I still do it. I feel a bit foolish, whispering it in bed next to my oblivious husband in the wee small hours, but I still do it.

So, as a public service announcement, I wish to remind you all that it is the first of August tomorrow, and if you too wish to say �white rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits�, be my guest. We can all use more presents.