"Best of Luck!"
"It's my lucky day!"
How much importance do you put on luck? As a child I thought that luck was something to find... and once acquired would lead me to success in life. I was so sure of this, I spent a whole summer looking for my good luck charm. On my hands and knees I searched through our lawn examining every single clover. You can imagine my euphoria at finally finding my very own 4 leaf clover! It became my prized possession and I kept it frozen in a KFC take-out cup in a block of ice. Year after year I refused to let my Mother throw it out when she cleaned. I thought it was tied up in my own personal luck.
And lucky I seemed to be! With my clover safely tucked away I won awards, did well in school and was chosen for scholarships to send me abroad. As I got older I learned that my "luck" was more a result of hard work than any token on ice in my freezer.
You see, both of my children have PKU, an inborn error of metabolism. They are unable to digest a part of protein called phenylalanine. Untreated it leads to severe, progressive, mental retardation. Only 1 baby in about 25,000 births has PKU. When my second child was also born with PKU I told my husband we should have purchased a lottery ticket. How lucky can two parents be? Don't get me wrong, it is a challenge, but for some reason we were meant to have these beautiful children. My luck also extends to living in a country that screens for this disorder at birth, and also having access to the medical help to keep my children functioning at a "normal" level.
This is a far cry from the children automatically institutionalized just years before. Luck would have my children born in an age when they can be identified at birth and treated for life. I felt lucky with every step my children took and milestone they reached. Not all children born with this condition have been this lucky.
I now feel that luck is all about perspective. It is so much more than my childhood four leaf clover. I don't hold onto those childhood superstitions anymore, and I am not sure what happened to my beloved clover. Luck is about understanding how fortunate I really am. I appreciate all that my children have taught me. And, yes, I could say "It's my lucky day!" to be their Mother.
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