Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!
Today is the day we appreciate those with Irish heritage – red hair, green eyes, freckles, rainbows, gold-hoarding leprechauns, and all things green. All the green provides us with a reminder that spring is just around the corner, and that point is driven home with the ubiquitous symbol – the shamrock.
Though we talk of the “luck of the Irish”, the shamrock symbol is NOT a four-leaf clover – it’s the trefoil, ” three leaved” White Clover, a plant originally from Europe and now present in many American lawns (feeding honeybees that are ALSO from Europe). St. Patrick used this simple plant as a symbol representing the Holy Trinity. Only three-leaf plants fit that bill.
If you DO need some extra luck, the odds of clover sprouting an extra leaf are one in 10,000, better than lottery odds, but still not easy – so if you find a four-leafed clover, you’re lucky indeed. Just don’t add the fourth leaf to your symbols for St. Patrick and Ireland. It doesn’t fit!
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