The clover that may change your life

Kendyle Laesch ‘22, Photo Editor

If you never spent hours on end looking through clover patches, did you even have a childhood? Like most impressionable young children, you most likely believed in the magical powers of the four-leaf clover. It is a wonderful belief many still harbor today. There are 10-thousand three-leaf clovers for every four four-leaf clovers. Four-leaf clovers are exceptionally rare so if you are lucky enough to find one, you may have the Irish luck.

Unshockingly, four leaf clovers go hand and hand with St. Patrick’s Day, so prepare yourself for the hunt this March 17. Four-leaf clovers are Celtic charms, presumed to offer magical protection and ward off bad luck. In the early days of Ireland, priests even believed that if they held a four-leaf clover in their pockets, they would be able to see fairies. 

Even though it is nice to believe that clovers give you luck, some people do not believe in its luck. Regardless, it is still a part of Ireland’s history. The four-leaf clover is known as the “lucky clover” after all, while the three leaves of a shamrock stand for faith, hope and love.

Sophomore Jessica Shaker said, “I have never been able to find a four-leaf clover in my entire lifetime, but my dad actually recently has.” Now, they will just have to wait to see if he inherits a magical fortune of some kind. Shaker was in fact a little disappointed that her father obtained the luck, but she still has hope for herself to find one. 

Sophomore Bella Rose said, “My life goal as a child was to find a four-leaf clover; it was the only thing I cared about.” It is just a very fun thing to hope for, but it also could be disappointing given that the ratio of four leaf clovers to three leaf clovers is one to 2.5 thousand. Maybe you will find a four-leaf clover when you are six or when you are seventy, who knows, just keep your eyes on the lookout and do not lose faith because anything is possible. 

Who knows, it could be you finding a four-leaf clover next. Just keep your eyes peeled, and pray that the Irish are on your side. 


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