Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Very lucky

I have a knack for finding four-leaf clovers. I’m not sure exactly why, but I suspect that my figure-ground perception is especially acute. I found one on my daily walk Monday, and gave it to my friend Nancy G. Cook, for her 70th birthday. I hope it brings her another decade of good luck. Today I found another, the one pictured above!

According to information I found online, scientists estimate that there are about 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover. The four-leaf clover has long been a symbol of good luck, its petals said to represent faith, hope, love and luck.

When I was a child, my mother used to sing me a song about four-leaf clovers that had a lovely melody. I found it online, attributed to Ella Higginson, born 1861, (published in An American Anthology, 1787-1900):

I know a place where the sun is like gold,
and the cherries bloom forth in the snow
and down underneath is the lovliest nook,
where the four-leaf clovers grow.

One leaf is for faith, and one is for hope.
And one is for love, you know,
And God put another one in for luck,
if you search you will find where they grow.

But you must have faith, you must have hope
You must love and be strong, and so…
If you work and you wait, you will find the place
where the four-leaf clovers grow.

Today I celebrate my Celtic ancestry; I have a good amount of Scot-Irish in my bloodlines. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. Three cheers for the lovely Emerald Isle!


  1. Love the photograph and the poem. Hope you had a good St.Patricks Day.

  2. I wore my emerald green today. It is a cheerful color. With all of your recent succeses you do have "the luck of the Irish"!
    Liz McCarron McNabb

  3. oooh, TWO irish names, Liz? Or are they Scottish?

  4. Thrilled that you remember the song! I learned it when I worked as a Girl Scout Camp dietician during the summers of my college years. Now that I have read the words, today,I cannot get the tune out of my head. Also, I still carry a four leaf clover which you picked for me in July 1980 at the New River Bridge in West Virginia.

  5. My late father and my and son was/are both exceptional 4-leaf clover finders too. Much as I've looked, I've never ever found one! It is a wonderful gift to have. Happy St. Patty's Day!

  6. I think I've maybe found one four leaf clover in my life, but I remember spending every spring recess in school looking for them. But I do have a technical question. Did you use your new photography system to take the pictue for this post? The pictue is remarkable! Love the detail that it shows and so nice and clear!

  7. I am too stiff to bend over and look for one, lol.
    What a sweet thing, to give to your friend, I bet she was thrilled.


  8. Deb: Yes! I used my new photo setup (the foam core stage, and bouncing my lights off the foam core. I have borrowed professional lights now, too.) I'm going to do a long blog post on it once I get my act together a little more. I spent today with the members of Fiber Art Options photographing our work. We used the same lights, but a totally different setup. I think they are lit pretty well, but I'm not completely happy with the level of texture (in the quilting). I think I still need to work on that.

  9. HI Susan!
    Just stopping in to say hello. Love your clover, I am lucky too at finding them. Hope you can stop by my blog to pick up your Sunshine Award I have for you! :)Always love reading your blog,


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