Who was it that said "luck favors the well-prepared"? Something tells me it was Ben Franklin. Anyway, it’s true. Unfortunately, I don’t think I was ever prepared well enough to take a chance on any lucky breaks. Too soon old, too late smart…
I know I’m a real fusspot about this, but what you have above is a four-leaf clover, which is not the same as a shamrock, which has three leaves. As does poison ivy, but we won’t talk about that. There’s another three-leaved plant called the rue which is the national herb of Lithuania. Mary’s aunt used to grow it in her garden. It was almost as bad as poison ivy if you rubbed up against it, so I would avoid it like the plague.
Long as I went down this rabbit hole: the song "I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover" was written in 1927 by Mort Dixon (lyrics) and Harry M. Woods (music). I heard an interesting story about the song: There was a radio station somewhere (Ohio, I think) that got the record and played it one Saturday afternoon, and kept playing over and over because people kept calling and asking for it. I’m sure the FCC would have plenty to say about that. Anyway, the first person to record it was Nick Lucas, "The Crooning Troubador," who took it to #2. Nick was a guitar player and singer who designed the guitar pick that most players use. Anyway, here’s his recording of it.
And now, here’s Allan Sherman with his song "Lotsa Luck."
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