In honor of Friday the 13th, I thought I’d share some advice for those of you who want to stay safe on this and future Unlucky Days. Here are the places I’ve found four-leaf clovers in SE Minnesota.
– Camp Philippo Boy Scout Reservation: I found my first four-leaf clover here over the summer of 2001 at a girl’s camp. This discovery was basically the root of my friendship with Katie Fleming (HEY KATIE!).
– Essex Park (Rochester, MN): Over the summer of 2003, Francisco and I spent an entire afternoon looking for four-leaf clovers on the grassy area between the volleyball court and the horseshoe things. We found a total of twelve four-leaf clovers (Francisco found most of them but I convinced him that I deserved to keep at least 6 of them since I was older) (I’m not a good person). We went home and taped them up and kept them in an envelope that I promptly lost.
– In front of the Aroma Pie Shop in Whalan, MN on the Root River bike trail: I found one four-leaf clover in the summer of 2007, taped it up (I came prepared!) then used it as a bookmark for 100 Years of Solitude. That sounds so snobby, but it felt really enchanting at the time.
– Behind the John Marshall Parking Lot (Rochester, MN): This was a special find because I saw the four-leaf clover without looking for it. I saw this one during September of 2007, and gave it to the person who’d been sitting next to me.
– Next to the Carleton community garden (Northfield, MN): The best part of ARTS Junior Seminar was when I found 2 four-leaf clovers during one of our outdoor class discussions in spring term of 2011. I kept these in my wallet, they’re currently sandwiched behind my learner’s permit and an old student ID.