Posts Tagged ‘Nanny Jean Doyle’

My 4 Leaf Clover

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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My Nanny Jean was superstitious.  Not crazy superstitious but she taught us things like;
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If you stirred with a knife you stirred up trouble and strife.
If two bad things happen you need to break a matchstick or another bad thing will come.  Bad things happen in 3s.
Don’t sing before 7 or you’ll cry before 11
Songs out of season bring tears without reason
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She was also lucky.
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She raised a lucky daughter too…my Auntie Jaci (carly’s mom if you are keeping track of our family tree).
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Anyway, Jaci can find 4 leaf clovers wherever she goes.  She just looks down and finds one.  It is crazy.  I can look in a patch of clover forever and not find anything and she’ll come over, look down and within minutes pick out a 4 leaf clover.
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I asked her once how she does it and she said  “they just look different Aimee, they have 4 leaves”.  Funny girl.
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So, I have always wanted to find my 4 leaf clover.  My Nanny knew this and would say “you’ll find yours Aimee”.
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Cut to freshman year of college in Madison.  I was writing a speech for my speech 101 class about my Nanny and how she immigrated to America.  I was deep in the stacks in a library looking for a book on the American Red Cross; they helped my Nanny when she got to America.  So anyway, I picked out a book and opened it up and there, in the middle of the book, was a 4 leaf clover…tucked inside.  This book hadn’t been checked out FOREVER.
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I checked it out and ran back to my dorm to call Nan.  (I couldn’t call her immediately because I had to find a phone…remember that…not being able to find a phone.  I also had to call long distance with a calling card…remember that…entering 16 digits before you could talk long distance…anyway) I told her I had found my 4 leaf clover but that it was in the middle of a book that obviously hadn’t been checked out in my lifetime.  Was it good luck or bad luck to take it out of the book.  I knew she’d have the answer.
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Nanny said without pausing.  “Oh Aimee…finders keepers, you take that thing out and laminate it!”
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So I did.
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My 4 leaf clover

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This laminated 4 leaf clover has been in my wallet ever since.  Gulp…over 20 years.
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She was right.  I found mine.
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