St. Patrick’s Day is coming up in 2 days, March 17. Do you have your lucky four-leaf clover yet?
I’ve got mine.
In fact, I have thirty-five four-leaf clovers, several which were found in one day. I’ve probably found more than thirty-five since I only began pressing my finds between mailing tape in 1987.
I’ve been looking for these lucky charms all my life. Hunting four-leaf clovers was a pastime of my mother, who searched most of her live and rarely found one. As a teenager, I often gave my finds to her or gave them away to other people who couldn’t find them as easily as I could.
I also have three five-leaf clovers, which appeared after we fertilized our yard one year. I also found several of them on the same day. They were gigantic compared to the run-of-the-mill clovers that inhabited our weedy yard. I thought the fertilizer put the regular clovers on steroids. I later learned that five-leaf clovers are believed to be even luckier than their four-leaved counterparts. If I’d have known that I’d have purchased a lottery ticket or three the day I found those babies!
I remember one time, after showing my daughter and her friend a few of my mounted clovers, the two of them decided to search in our yard for their own lucky clover. After a while they came in, disappointed because they hadn’t found anything. I took them outside, looked down at a couple of dense clover patches and then pointed to one of them.
“Search here,” I said. Within a few minutes each of them had discovered a four-leaf clover.
“How did you know where to look?” my daughter asked.
“I didn’t,” I replied. “I just looked down and I saw them.” They left clutching their clovers in awe of me.
Irish tradition says three-leaf clovers are associated with St Patrick’s use of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish; three leaves for the three persons of the Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Celts thought four-leaf clovers would ward off bad luck. In the Middle Ages, children who carried a four-leaf clover in their pockets believed they could see fairies.
Other traditions tell us that those who find a four-leaf clover are destined for good luck. Three of the leaves in the clover represent good omens for faith, hope, and love. The fourth leaf means luck for the finder, a fifth leaf even more luck. If you should find a six-leaf clover you can add fame to the mix, and a seventh leaf adds longevity, according to Wikipedia. Considering there are 10,000 of the three leafed varieties for each lucky four-leafed clover (or 5,000 to one, depending on whose research you believe), I feel blessed to have found as many four-leafed clovers as I have.
My husband just thinks I’ve found so many because I’m good at recognizing patterns in the clover, but I’m not so sure. I’ve searched on occasions and not found a single lucky clover.
I do think I’ve had a blessed life, but I don’t believe I can attribute it to those thirty-five clovers. I would say, however, that the three main leaves of the four-leaf clover that represent faith, hope and love are the drivers for my blessings. If you have those three things in your life, you’ll feel lucky no matter what life throws at you.
May you have the Blessings of Life that faith, hope and love bring you,
and the luck of the Irish today and always.
Catherine’s published books have also been lucky. Her debut novel, The Nun and the Narc is an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE award, as well as placing in several other contests. Her sweet romantic comedy/drama A Groom for Mama, is the recipient of the 2018 Raven Award.
Check out this blurb from The Nun and the Narc.
The Nun and the Narc
by Catherine Castle
Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.
Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.
About the Author:
Multi-award winning author Catherine Castle loves writing. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. She also lays claim to over 300 internet articles written on a variety of subjects and several hundred poems. In addition to writing she loves reading, traveling, singing, theatre, quilting and gardening. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her award-winning Soul Mate books The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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