PORCH SWING POINT OF VIEW: Lucky Charms and Leprechauns


“They’re after me lucky charms!”  So exclaims the popular children’s cereal mascot with the lovable Irish accent, Lucky the Leprechaun, as he leads a group of youngsters on a chase in the advertisements. March 17th—St. Patrick’s Day—is quickly approaching and with it come shamrocks, pots of gold, lucky charms, and of course, the great Irish legend, the Leprechaun.  Perhaps it too will bring about my renewed quest for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Surely, I’m not alone in my hunt, either. You’ve searched too, haven’t you? Anxious to find an obvious solution to all that ails you? That ever-elusive pot of gold. It must be out there somewhere!

 Yes, we’ve all searched.  Some of us for entire lives, and others are still searching now, seeking wealth, health, youth, and happiness, answers to age-old questions—all certain to be found at the end of the rainbow. But a select few of us know there exists no such place in this life. Travel to the ends of the earth, to the heights of space, achieve all you set out to do and still you’ll be left searching for that pot of gold, never reaching the end of the rainbow. Even those little shamrocks can be devilishly hard to find!

I suspect, however, you might then be surprised to find instead another rainbow exists much closer by and easier to find. You see, that rainbow is the street or lane on which you live and that pot of fortune is your home. The gold that fills it is not the trinkets and possessions that fill your home, but rather the love that is shared among those who enter there. And the shamrocks said to bring good luck—those are your friends and family who fill the garden of your life and share both good times and bad, both laughter and tears. For those of us who have such family and friends are lucky indeed!

No matter how far we search, the rainbow will always lead us home in our hearts when we view it in this light. May you celebrate this green holiday with the contentment of having found your very own treasure—right at home.

P.S.—And for those of you who feel I’ve left one piece of the story untold, one comparison unmade, one analogy unsaid, I didn’t forget the lucky charms—I just assumed you knew those existed only in the fictional tales of cereal marketing. But as for the Irish Leprechaun—of course he’s real and he’s out there somewhere…keep looking!

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