Lucky, Lucky Me

May the luck of the Irish smile on you today!

When I was younger, before the days of 24/7 technology, shopping online and text/emails/blogs to share just about anything, there was an art to communicating. Letters and cards,  article clippings from daily newspapers, reminders, invites to birthdays or just quick notes – it was all done by mail.  A letter filled with a one sided conversation that was geared more to updates and facts than questions was kind of a big deal. 

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

4 Leaf Notes:

My aunt would send me a card for no other reason than just to tell she was thinking of me, and usually she taped a clover on the inside of the card.  More particularly, a four leaf clover.  According to Celtic lore, each leaf of a four leaf clover represents something special: faith, love, hope and luck.  Were they real four leaf clovers that she sent me? It never mattered. It was fun!

She was the ultimate in single lady living… She lived in a high-rise and on a clear day you could see several DC monuments lined up on the horizon. 

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

She would walk her little dog a few times a day in a postage stamp of a grassy area just across from her building, and on the walk she would look for luck among the green clovers.  I can’t remember how many she sent me over the years and you would think she had some amazing superpower finding those, but then she gave the luck away… to me. 

She passed away about 7 years ago… just after I met the love of my life.  I remember asking her hold on and get better so she could be at my wedding.  She was in ICU and on her way to hospice. I showed her a photo of him and even though she couldn’t speak, she smiled big under her oxygen mask while squeezing my hand. 

Because of my youthful ignorance, I didn’t keep the cards and clovers she sent to me over the years.  I so wish I had!  While planning my wedding about a year after she passed, I went to a jewelry show and found a metal dipped clover.  I bought one in silver with plans to attach one somehow to my bouquet or dress, but it was too fragile.  So it stayed in my jewelry box and is still there to this day with a little picture of my aunt.  I do believe her sending me her luck brought me to where I am in life today.  I think about her every time I see fields of green or any clover in fact.

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

I am pretty lucky to have been so loved and then to find true love.  This is when we can agree that riches are not wealth of money or things, but are of faith, love, hope, and especially, luck.

Stay sweet!
Sam.