5.21.2010

SLOW ME UP! four leaf clover


When was the last time you found a four leaf clover? Never mind that! When was the last time you actually took the time to look for one? I have a faint recollection of being a teenager, thinking it was important enough to find one that I spent many hours on my hands and knees in the grass, peering through the blades, combing through the clover. I was probably heartsick, desperately looking for a sign that would signify love, or at least an ID bracelet.
Every once in a while I think of something that I did long ago, something as simple as lying on my back in the grass and feeling my weight on the earth, feeling the sun on my face--and I wonder, why don't I do that any longer? And then I do it. And every once in a while, I meet someone who has never lost that childlike knack for doing just what wants doing at just the right moment--like Lisa Howorth, who with her husband Richard owns Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi. As we were saying goodbye after a visit a few weeks ago, she said, "Oh, you need a four leaf clover for your journey!" And just like that, she jumped down from the porch onto the lawn, and immediately found not one, but two, of the things. And I've been searching my whole life! Some people have all the luck--not only because they know where to look, but they can see what's right in front of them! Your four leaf clover's probably waiting right by your big toe...!

18 comments:

Cristina said...

let's hope so !!!

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

I'm on the hunt today!

lostpastremembered said...

For me, it's the tiny rainbow on the kitchen floor from a crystal in the window. It only happens for a few moments but it's like a little magic early in the morning ... an urban 4-leaf clover. Open your eyes, open your heart... it will come.

david terry said...

I have a friend in Charlottesville who, somehow, can always find a four leaf-clover. She's been doing this for years.

No kidding.....you can be walking with her through her yard, and she'll suddenly exclaim "Oh...look!"...and bend down to pick the thing.

Similarly, of course, back in my gradskool/waiter days, I used to work with a caterer who could, before an event opened, walk into a ballroom that was set with fifty tables, which were all set with service for a complete, 3 course meal (add in at least three glasses at each setting)....and his eyes would do the slow once-over....and he'd abruptly announce "Theres a fork missing on table 37".

Whatever that quality/ability is?...I know that I don't have it.

Sincerely,

David Terry

julie said...

I'm willing to bet that all people with this uncanny ability are especially special. http://verytrulyjulie.blogspot.com/2009/03/as-luck-would-have-it.html

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Ah, you speak of one of my talents. I have always been able to spot them. Even on a run... I'll glance over to the side of the road and stop to pluck one smiling up at me.

My husband's elderly uncle, one who believed in "the old ways", thought I was a bit of a witch. Once, on a visit to his garden, I handed him a four-leaf clover that I saw on the ground. He was delighted. "Look at that! Can you believe that". By the time I had handed him his fourth.... with my husband vigorously shaking his head at me behind the old man's head.... he would no longer look me in the eye. In fact, for the rest of his life he would blanch and fidget every time I walked into the room.

I have an old, old copy of Peter Pan and Wendy by JM Barrie and I keep all my clovers there. Every page has two or three. A most lucky book.

BERYN HAMMIL said...

Thanks for reminding us to take the time to not only be on the look-out for good luck, but to take the time to prepare for it actually happening to us!

Beryn Hammil

Bunny Watson said...

One day last Spring as I was driving home from work, I saw one of my grandfather's contemporaries on his hands and knees on the front yard of his home. I slowed, he didn't look up and I went on. I turned around in the next driveway though as I couldn't shake the feeling that something was going on. I pulled into the drive and slowly got out of my truck. I slowly approached him softly call out his name. When he finally looked up, I asked if there was anything I could do for him. He replied, "Well, you could come help me look for a four leafed clover. I've not seen one for some time." I looked for bit but had to get home. Each time I pass his man's home, I slow a little and think about clover.

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I thought... while lying in our hammock for a minute this morning, that it was something I did more often a while back. I have not recently swayed in the hammock long enough to cloud gaze. Maybe this weekend... Thank you for the reminder!

mary said...

Oh, yes! The wonder of life. There aren't too many places for clover in So. Cal., but there are so many other treasurers to be found. For me it is getting up in the morning just before the birds and listening for their stirrings and first songs of the day.

Watercolor said...

Isn't that the best book store? Lemuria in Jackson, MS is as well. You were in my neck of the woods! I'm in Jackson! Hope you enjoyed your time in Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

I have never been able to find one either! Yet my husband brings me one from his daily hike in the Chugach National Forest here in Alaska. He even found one five-leaf clover! I started pressing them in a blank journal I had and after 30 years it has become very special, full, and hopefully much good luck!!!

johnbullwinkel said...

Something I used to do in my younger days that I miss now was to just spend time with friends, no pre-planning, no plans at all. Just spending time together without it having to be an occaision or event. (Now I do admit that frequently it involved the smoking of controlled substances, but still ...) Now it seems that everything has to planned and scheduled in advance, confirmed two days out, and kept to the agreed schedule. It seems that life is now too busy, and frequently the busy-ness involves things like cell phone calls, texting, Facebook ... Am I the only one who misses just being with friends?

Sara said...

Just the other day, I was sitting in the sun trying to muster up the energy to finish a freelance article that needed to be written when suddenly I looked down and there was a four-leaf clover. It made me feel like a kid again....something that I needed. I was a magazine editor and was laid off in December 2009 and since that time have often felt "what the hell am I doing with my life...with this day." Anyway, so much of what you talk about, I've felt (or feel). I read your blog everyday. I can't wait to read your book. Thanks so much.

Layanee said...

Funny you should mention this as I took a look just yesterday. The clover was lush but, alas, none with four was spotted.

Dominique said...

David Terry, I know what you mean about that ability to spot the different detail, the thing out of whack. You are a visual artist, and I have seen, in my work with artists, that some have a talent for the overall composition, while others have an unerring affinity for the telling detail. I wonder if what you say about finding clovers is true for how you find ways to express your vision as an artist? Thanks so much for being such a great reader.

Sara, good luck, I hope what I have gone through is a help to you on this part of your adventure.

Johnbullwinkel I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN! And we've been teaching our children the same thing--plan! Schedule! Agenda! instead of free play and losing a sense of time. How to overcome that? Dropping in on friends is one way, but that's controversial too! and the subject of another column. To Be Discussed: you've raised a huge subject.

Bunny Watson what an amazing scene you describe: so cinematic....

And Pamela Terry and Edward I am in a swoon at the thought of your copy of Peter Pan full of four leaf clovers. What a brilliant thing to do. What a treasure of luck and love.

And yes, lostpast, I too love those tiny rainbows, and your comment is a reminder that I need to hang one of those crystals somewhere...

Thank you everyone!

lisa said...

Just a week or two ago my husband and I were sitting by a river. He was fishing and I was napping on a blanket in the sun. I noticed clovers all around us and thought I'd see if I could find a four-leaf. I found two, side by side. One for each of us, I told him - good luck for our first (and with our insurance situation, maybe only) fertility treatment we're currently undergoing.

I thought I'd see if I could find just one more for the new member we hope will join our family soon. And then, not far from the first two, there it was. I kept on looking just for fun, but couldn't find another.

They are now tucked into the pages of my French Bible. And our IUI appointment is tomorrow morning. "Bonne chance!"

four leaf clovers said...

Sure u will get it soon ur efforts will not waste. There will be a time for getting it.