What about a three-leaf clover?

Today is St. Patrick’s day. Many people are wearing green, eating and drinking green, or attempting to speak in an Irish accent. This holiday raises many questions for me and my 6-year-old grandson.

Today my grandson is wearing his green t-shirt that has the words “Lucky and Charming” on it with a four-leaf clover as the dot above the “i” in charming. As my grandson was eating breakfast this morning he looked at his shirt and asked me why there was a four-leaf clover above the “I”. I told him it represents good luck.  He pondered that for a moment and then asked “what about a three-leaf clover?”. Good question, I told him.

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My grandson’s question about the three-leaf clover made me curious. I am not one to let something go simply because I do not know the answer. I like to find out the answer for myself and then share it if I can with those who are also curious.

My quest for answers about the three-leaf and four-leaf clover first took me to Lucky-Four-Leaf-Clover.com. According to this site, the three-leaf clover is a shamrock and was believed to provide the Druids the ability to see evil spirits. The four-leaf clover was believed to provide magical protection and prevent bad luck. The site also says you have a 10,000 to 1 chance of finding a four-leaf clover.

I continued my search and found fourleafclover.com. According to this site the original shamrock came from a White Clover plant. This site says a real four-leaf clover has one leaf that is usually smaller than the remaining three leaves. Both sites state the leaves symbolize faith, hope, love and luck (the fourth leaf).

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Whether or not finding a four-leaf clover is good luck, I like the symbolism. Anything that spurs my grandson and me to search for answers to the unknown is a good thing. I believe we can make our own luck, but I will take whatever help I can get. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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