Luck and the Four-leaf Clover

One woman’s knack for find­ing good for­tune

Reader's Digest - - Contents - by teva har­ri­son from the wal­rus

One woman’s knack for find­ing good for­tune.

When I was in the third grade, we had a scav­enger hunt at school. We gath­ered up chalk, pen­cils, stones, and poorly hid­den tchotchkes, rapidly fill­ing our check­lists. It was a very close race. I was out of breath when I reached the clover patch in search of the last, most hard-to-find item: a four-leaf clover.

I was pretty sure that I was go­ing to win. I had a trump card. The thing is, I have al­ways been able to find four-leaf clovers. I just see them.

I spent my child­hood col­lect­ing and press­ing four-leaf clovers into books at my mother’s house. I started with big cloth- and leather-bound books. Joyce’s Ulysses, the com­plete works of

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