When it comes to being lucky, our prompt for today, it really depends on how you look at life. Sometimes, the things that seem a bit unlucky at first can prove to yield even greater rewards in the end. For anyone out there celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today, I hope you’re having a wonderful time! We’ve not done anything particularly special other than hide from the crowds of green people roaming the streets drinking green beer. The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade was this afternoon and this city loves to celebrate. On the way to lunch today, we saw hundreds of people forming an undulating sea of different shades of green. In nature, these shades never clash, but the bright and often garish greens of the crowd managed to defy even nature. Impressive really. Best viewed from a distance. Since clovers normally sprout three leaves, finding one with four is considered to grant luck o’ the Irish. When I was a kid, I used to spend hours inspecting patches of clover in search of that elusive four-leaf wonder. It was truly rare, but occasionally, I managed to find one.
I remember once when I was very young, finding a four-leaf clover and bringing it back home with me, thrilled and giddy at my good fortune. Truly rare as I would discover much later as only 1 in 10,000 get that extra leaf. I rushed up to my room and closed the door. It was a euphoric feeling just to find one, but I didn’t know if there was a second step. Would all my wishes suddenly come true now, or was I supposed to focus on just one? I didn’t want to take any chances, so I closed my eyes like I was about to blow out candles on a birthday cake and made a wish. I would love to say that I wished for world peace or something perfectly altruistic, but that’s rather rare for a child. Instead, I wished for a unicorn. After making the wish, I immediately began to worry and was scared to even open my eyes. Where would it sleep?! We didn’t live in the country like my grandmother, but in a little split-level home in the suburbs. Would my mother be mad when she came upstairs to find a unicorn lounging on my bed? How big are real unicorns anyway and what do they even eat? With these thoughts racing through my mind, I slowly opened my eyes.
There was nothing there. Only my own rather terrified reflection in the mirror. And suddenly all the fears I had were gone and I felt relieved. Next, of course, I felt a bit cheated as despite the complexities of my wish, I still fully expected it to come true. Perhaps, I thought, there’s a bit of a delay with these things. So, I spent the following week glancing over my shoulder to see if there might be a unicorn following me home. There wasn’t, and I soon got distracted by other things and moved on. As I grew older, I would learn these beliefs were known as myths and superstitions. I would be told that they simply aren’t real. But, that feeling I had back then stayed with me and the memories of believing in those wild and impossible things are so vivid. They were real once to me. And I use them as a reminder today that I should never stop making wishes, even when they seem too big to even handle what comes next. So, yes, you’ll still find me scanning the ground as I walk through the grass, forever holding on to that hope of finding four-leaf clovers.
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