Luck of the Irish found at Kaua‘i Athletic Club

LIHU‘E — Shannon Lee Ann Patrick said she almost sprayed it with weed killer on Monday.

“But I stopped and looked at it and looked at it,” the Kaua‘i Athletic Club employee said. “It had four leaves and I just kept looking at it. I looked at it from all angles.”

Patrick said with a name like Shannon Lee Ann Patrick, finding a four-leaf clover was big.

“I’ve looked for one my whole life, and when I finally find one, I almost sprayed it with weed killer,” she said. “I have to tell my dad about this since I get my Irish from him. This is not anything you see everyday.”

The four-leaf clover is a universally accepted symbol of good luck states the Lollysmith.com website.

According to legend, Eve carried a four-leaf clover from the Garden of Eden, the website states, adding that according to Irish folklore, finding a stem of clover with four leaves will bring good luck.

In the Irish tradition, the shamrock, or three-leaf clover represents the Holy Trinity; one leaf for the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Spirit, states the Four Leaf Clover website.

When a shamrock is found with the fourth leaf, it represents God’s grace.

The website states one leaf is for faith, the second for hope, the third for love and the fourth for luck.

“When I woke up this morning, I thought ‘This would have been my 19th anniversary,’” Patrick said. “And then, while I was in the back doing errands, I see this four-leaf clover. Whoa!”

Patrick lost little time with her find, using the laminating machine at the Kaua‘i Athletic Club to enshrine her find.

“I’m going to keep it in my wallet so I’ll have good luck all the time,” she said.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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