Monday, March 18, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

According to Wikipedia, the four leaf clover is "an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally."  It is not known if the little extra is due to environmental factors or a genetic variant, but I like to think they are, as Rose Mordi of Nigeria put it, a "naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement".

The four leaves are believed to represent faith, hope, love, and luck. All Americans like to tout their Irish roots on March 17th but we celebrate our lucky little extra all year long.
(Yes, I know, duplicate picture - busy weekend!)


  1. And what a grand extra leaf she is, to be sure to be sure!
    I have irish ancestery too except my lot came to Australia (yes, even a convict, charged with selling stolen fabric, he was probably depserately hungry, but he came to Australia and did alright for himself! Much better than if he had stayed at home!)
    I always wonder about how many children with Down syndrome have been kept hidden from family histories? How many were put in institutions and never spoken of ? Maybe we should make a memory day for them, bring them out of the closet so to speak :-)

  2. There is! sort of. January 23rd: International Day of Mourning and Memory ... see

  3. Sweet! And I'd be kissing those edible and kissable cheeks if they were my child's too!