If last year was my juste milieu year, and it was; then this must be my clover year. I'll be writing more about this another time, but even I am a little surprised at the number of four leaf (and sometimes, five and a six leaf) clover I have spotted this year. The truth is that everyone can be spotting such clover. It is a banner year for clover--and the honeybees seem to be everywhere--a happy sign. How curious though, that sometimes I will spot multiple extra-leafed clover and then go for days or weeks without seeing them. Once, I seem to spot them, there they are, so obvious.
The first time I spotted a four leaf clover, I spotted two. I remember the day, it was April 9th, but I can't remember the year. It was several years before I spotted another one. That one was April 22, 2010. David was in the hospital. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with worrying about him, keeping the kids updated and walking the dog. I was briefly home from the hospital, walking the dog and talking to my sister on my cell phone when I looked down and saw a very obvious four leaf clover. True, I took this as a sign, even though as Father Paul pointed out recently, this is a magical view of things. But I was in need of a good sign and there is was, plain as can be. This tided me along for a good while. I did not see another four leaf clover until this April 20th. We had just learned that Mary would be going to Brittany to be a teacher's assistant. It was wonderful news, and a year from the day that David went to the hospital. I took Carly for a walk and voila! another four leaf clover. Then I just kept finding them.
Father Paul is right, it is not magic. It is probably just being willing to see (and spend a lot of time staring at the ground--also bending over. Meg noted recently, as we searched for the elusive four leaf, that we probably appeared to have lost a contact lens.) Being willing to see is also good for one's self. The more clearly I see myself, the better my life seems to work. Instead of constantly trying to fit into a mold, I am starting to just be who I am, no more, no less. My little green totems appear to be affirmation, magic or no.