Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!! Are you wearing green? I am about an eighth Irish on my mom's side, with ancestors originating in County Cork, Ireland.
You know, I have often been confused what a real shamrock is. I know that it has three leaves, not the four that we sometimes show as being lucky around St. Patrick's Day in this country. I was reading about St. Patrick and found that he used the shamrock to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity. I had a shamrock plant once. It would open and shut about four times a day. It seemed to do this independent of sun or darkness. It was awesome! It looked like it was praying. It had small whitish flowers on it. The leaves were a lot larger than the clovers we see in our grass. Webster defines a shamrock as: 1.) a trifoliate plant used as an emblem by the Irish; 2.) a yellow-flowered clover often regarded as the true shamrock (Is this what I owned?); 3.) wood sorrel (I looked this up. It looks like our clover in the U.S.); and, 4.) white clover. Hmmm... what IS a shamrock? I guess our clover in the U.S. is a type of shamrock. I am assuming. I am not sure. Or is shamrock a type of clover? Maybe it is the latter. I used to love to sit in clover patches when I was a child. Actually, I still do. I have found over a thousand four-leaf clovers, hundreds of five, dozens of six, and a seven. I am looking for the elusive eight. I hope everyone is having a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!! Erin Go Bragh!!
This is what my shamrock plant looked like.
Addendum: my ancestors are from County West Meath, not County Cork, as I had thought. To read more, my sister did an entry on our heritage here.
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