Tuesday 1 March 2011

My Mother and Blaise Pascal (actually, his wager)

Mybabyjohn, over at 'thefeatherednest', recently posted a piece about things she'd found in an old family prayer book, and it reminded me at once of my late mother.

Almost every book my mother owned was filled with 4 leaf clovers. Her cook books (above), driving licence, and diaries; all were stuffed full with hundreds of them.

Personally I never find them (they seem to avoid me), but on walks with my mother, she would suddenly stop, bend down, and pick one or several. She used to say that she never looked for them; they simply stared up at her, and said 'pick me'!

Once, whilst discussing the possibility of an 'afterlife', we both agreed that the concept was vaguely amusing yet highly unlikely. However she did end the conversation by saying that if (after her demise) by some bizarre chance she discovered that such a thing DID exist, she would let me know by appearing to me in the form of a 4 leaf clover.

I have to confirm that, until this moment, no such appearance has materialised!


  1. I have not found one in our small town garden but on what the grandchildren called "the farm" I was finding them all the time. They are tucked into all sorts of books.

  2. Like mother, like daughter.

    On second thoughts; maybe she's trying to contact YOU!

  3. Somehow I doubt it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. There's something magical about finding a pressed flower which has kept it's colour in the darkness of a Victorian book.

  5. We always used to be on the lookout for four-leafed clovers when we were children. You were supposed to be double lucky if you found one. I haven't seen any for years.

  6. In a way, she is doing it, every single time you open one of her books. What a lovely remembrance. Are you going to try to frame a few of them?

  7. MBJ, I think I'll just leave them as she left them. No doubt they'll eventually become no more than dust, and return to earth.

  8. I would say a 4 leaf-clover is quite rare, but possible to find
    :) Lord Thomas of Wellington

  9. I do the same but with flowers,if I go to a funeral I keep the day book they give you and then press a flower,when Mums twin dies she had masses of roses to the family gave me 2 white roses and I pressed them and forgot all about them,i found them just the other day deep in a book and they will be beautiful in a frame with a pic of the girls,that was 5 years ago now,and the memories came flooding back for me and for Mum.Never did find a four lef clover though!

  10. This is crazy. I looked all over this afternoon for my little pressed four leaf clover from my childhood, and come here to find this post.

  11. How wonderful to have sweet rememberances of your mother. I hope my children will treasure some of my little "things"

  12. Oh but you have found them Cro...obviously in abundance...everytime you open one of your Mum's books.
    It's all about seeing, not just looking...right?

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  18. This is really special. (Caught my eye in your sidebar). Every little note, theatre stub, card, that I just cannot bear to toss out, odd photo, article, etc., finds a home in one of my books. Your blogs are so warm and genuine...Thank you for stopping by TKR...I have actually retired and hope to return with some renewed enthusiamto the blog-o-sphere!


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