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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 127 :: the four leaf clover

12 May
I’m having a hard time choosing flower photos to share from our trip to Eugene. Do I share the the bleeding hearts? Or the rhodies? Or the roses? Oh the colors!!! They all bring such bliss.

Who knew I could get so excited about flowers? For most of my life flowers were what followed me around hospitals and surgeries. Or what I didn’t receive on Valentine’s Day.

Until we had a garden I thought flowers came from the store, or a florist, or FTD.com. Now, they are what lights me up from the inside out, what grows in the garden, what blooms with life. So tonight, I decided to start sharing some of my flower photos from our trip. Starting with clover.

We spent some time in the park looking for a four leaf clover. For a moment I questioned if these even exist… is it just a myth?

This is what Wikipedia has to say on the matter:

  • “The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.[1]
I particularly like this line: 
  • “It is debated whether the fourth leaf is caused genetically or environmentally. Its relative rarity (1 in 10,000 clovers[2]) suggests a possible recessive gene appearing at a low frequency. Alternatively, four-leaf clovers could be caused by somatic mutation or a developmental error of environmental causes.”
A somatic mutation? It stood out to me, jumped off the page. What does that mean? So I looked it up…

Somatic mutation:

  • “A change in the genetic structure that is not inherited from a parent, and also not passed to offspring, is called a somatic cell genetic mutation or acquired mutation.[77]
And there it was. Staring right back at me.

The somatic mutation is me. I am a genetic conundrum. I like to say I am now the bionic woman with so many surgeries, removed organs and implants, well, let’s just call them new parts… the transition seems complete. I have mutated.

And now, as I sit here with clean bill of health in hand, I realize that as I was looking over that bed of clover, searching for the lucky leaf, it was with me all along.

I am the four leaf clover. A somatic mutation. And, if I don’t say so myself, one hell of a lucky girl. Instead of counting leaves I am counting my blessings. And all the well wishes and love notes and FLOWERS I have received on this journey from the people who have held my hand and uplifted my soul – friends, family, nurses, doctors, medicine people and angels.

Thank you for your love and support.
May it return to you a million times over.
And may beautiful flowers be with you.

More tomorrow.


  {are you counting your blessings}
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