Our wishbone broke into three equal pieces. which means we both got our wish. Perhaps one day Lillian will share this ritual with her own children and grandchildren.
Once the wishbone is pulled apart, the person left with the larger piece is the winner or is said to have their wish granted. If both parts were the same size, both people would get their wish. The tradition of breaking open and wishing on the wishbone has spread across Europe.
How do you make a wish on it? Typically, you dry the wishbone for a few days until it’s brittle. Then two people hook their pinky fingers around each end, make a wish, and pull. Whoever ends up with the larger piece will have their wish granted.
The ancient Romans believed that chicken bones brought good luck. When two people pulled a wishbone apart, the person who was left with the larger piece got lucky or had a wish granted.
The wishbone, technically known as a furcula, is a V-shaped bone found at the base of the neck on birds and even some dinosaurs. According to tradition, if two people grab opposite ends of the bone and pull it until it breaks, whoever ends up with the larger piece will grant their wish.
Part of the turkey tradition involves the wishbone in the turkey carcass: two people each grasp one side and break apart the bone while making a wish. If you break off the larger part of the wishbone, your wish will be granted.
Who gets most of the bone at the end determines which lucky one is chosen. The winner will be awarded with the anticipation of good luck for the future.
In fact, it comes from the Etruscans, an ancient Italian civilization who believed birds to be oracles telling the future. Whenever the Etruscans slaughtered a chicken, they would harvest its wishbones and set them out in the sun to dry (hoping to preserve the chicken’s divine powers).
A wishbone is simply a bird’s forked breast bone. It is formed from the fusion of two collarbones and is found at the base of a turkey’s breastbone or between the neck and chest. The bone supports a bird’s chest when it flies. Humans just don’t have wishbones because humans don’t fly.
Then two people (often children) each grasp one end of the dry control arm and pull, making a silent wish as they do so. The person who breaks off the largest piece is the one whose wish is granted – provided the wish has not been shared with anyone.
Each turkey only offers two Wishbones, so you’ll need to kill a lot of them to get the most out of the event.