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Four-leaf Clover

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Today is the day for wearing green or getting pinched, four-leaf clover, and Leprechauns. Granny gave me the pendant above. She said she’d had it so long she couldn’t remember where she got it, but it was old. When I was a little girl I’d prowl through her jewelry box and it was one of my favorite pieces to look at. I always thought Granny must have found the four-leaf clover and put it in there herself.

I have never ever found a four-leaf clover although I’ve tried on more than one occasion. The truth is I haven’t ever had the patience to look for longer than a few minutes.

My sister-n-law is the queen of four-leaf clover. She can find them as fast as she can bend over and pick them.

When the girls were in high school one of them needed a four-leaf clover for a school project. I told her to go look in Granny and Pap’s yard where there was lots of clover.  She came back disheartened and tired of looking for a stupid four-leaf clover. I said “Well if you can’t find one yourself you’ll have to go see Aunt Kim.” She was back in no time with not one but three four-leaf clover.

If you’re looking for some music for Saint Patrick’s Day I’ve got two dandy songs for you. Just follow the links below and you’ll be glad you did!

Oh Danny Boy

Star of the County Down

Tipper

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13 Comments

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    Leslie
    March 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Look for a circle or square once you figure that out it’s easy!

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    Papaw
    March 17, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    My eyes are green so I’ve never had to worry about wearing it.

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    Janet Smart
    March 17, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    My grandma was great at finding 4-leaf clovers in Her front yard. And I’d usually join her searching for them. I thought I’d have have more, but I’m 14 % Irish.

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    betty stephenson
    March 17, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    still find for leaf clovers now and then and have a few dried ones around the place which i may get around to doing something with when i get the inspiration to do so hae a great weekend

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    Ken
    March 17, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Tipper,
    Before me and Harold was teenagers, we’d look for 4 leaf clover in our neighbors yard. We had chickens and there was no use to look in our yard. Daddy always kept free-range chickens, about 50 or 60 and even in the Wintertime we had plenty of fresh eggs to eat.

    I plan to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but I didn’t wear any Green today. …Ken

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    Tmc
    March 17, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Wow, in our back yard as kids we would find 4 leaf clovers all the time even found a few fives, wished I had keep those, it was a contest to see who could find the most, the yard was full of clover so we could spread out and just have fun.

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    Nancy Schmidt
    March 17, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    A shamrock, symbol of Ireland, of the oxalis family, has 3 leaves, not 4. Clover and oxalis are different plant families.
    I also grew up in Kentucky hunting for 4 leafed clover, and have loved to do so still, well into my 70th decade.
    I also grow shamrock as house plants; green leaved ones have white flowers and purple leaved ones have pink flowers. Often the green ones show up for sale around this day, Saint Patrick’s Day

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    Wanda Devers
    March 17, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I am a good four leaf finder! Haven’t looked in a long time though. We used to make chains out of the clover blooms. We also got a million bee stings on our feet going barefoot in the clover. I still remember how it itched when it started to get better.

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    tamela
    March 17, 2018 at 10:49 am

    The pendant is lovely; but, I thought clover leaves had smooth edges similar to oxallis, so, of course, I did a search. Turns out, sweet clover has serrated edges so that must be the plant in your pendant. You can learn more about identifying clovers at the University of Minnesota site.
    “Oxalis is often confused for Clover, but has heart shaped leaves while clover has oval shaped leaves. There are also slight differences in seed pods but the small yellow flowers are the biggest and easiest difference to see.” As the saying goes – you learn something new every day.

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    Ron Stephens
    March 17, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I have patches of clover in my yard but don’t often find a four-leaf. I used to pick and press them. Now I mostly just leave them.

    I think I am right that patches that have several are likely to have four-leafs year after year. But I’m not sure.

    If Chitter had a way to seal them up like in your pendant they would make good jewelry, especially on St. Paddy’s Day. The cross shape makes a good design.

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    Betty Hopkins
    March 17, 2018 at 8:29 am

    This brought back so many good memories of my childhood searching for four-leaf clovers in our pasture with my friend after church on Sundays. Didn’t take much to entertain us! There was also a popular song back then called “I’m looking over a four leaf clover that I overlooked before … first is the sunshine, second the rain, third is the roses that bloom in the lane ….” Not sure that’s an Irish song, but I do love the Irish people and their music. I just recently saw Celtic Woman in concert and they did the most beautiful rendition of “Oh Danny Boy”. Mama always said we had Irish blood in us and I recently had a DNA test done, and guess what? It came back 48% Irish! So I’m proudly wearing my green and celebrating my Irish heritage on this St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Lee
    March 17, 2018 at 7:33 am

    On one side of Grannys house the yard was full. My Aunt could get a handful in a few minutes. Great fun for us.
    I watched an Irish movie last night and fron the music you’d thought it was a fiddle playing here in our mountains. No doubt where our roots came from.
    Happy day!

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    Sheryl A. Paul
    March 17, 2018 at 6:37 am

    I remember looking for a 4 leaf clover when I was a child. I wonder if children today still look.

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