early, my eyes adjust to the darkness. I hate to wake up before the
alarm rings, but this feels different as if I was meant to wake up at
this precise moment. Scanning the room with eyes barely open, I think
I see one of the kids. That is not possible.
Both kids have
lived with their mother since that d; looking closer and becoming
more awake, I realize that t a three-foot-high kid is looking at me
from the foot of the bed. Or am I dreaming?
Tossing a pillow
at the image at the foot of the bed, I hope to end this dream and
perhaps get back to the goal of being on a tropical island with that
actress--no such luck.
"Hey, Laddie, don't you be tossing
things at me, especially when I am bearing a gift and am far from
Fully awake, I responded, "How did you get
in here? Who are you? Gifts?"
"Let me explain. Tis the 17
of March, and you have been selected to receive one gift from the
local LUCK. That would be the Leprechaun United Committee Kampain. We
thought giving a few gifts would help us get the community's
support. Regarding how I got here, why do people always believe that
a 450-pound Santa in a red suit can slide down the fireplace and a
97-pound Leprechaun in green cannot get into a home?"
blankly, I attempt to get to the root of the matter. "So, you're
from LUCK and have gifts for me? Why me? I am not even Irish?"
small man in green checks his clipboard and starts talking once
again. "You married one Eileen Coughlin did you not? If so, you are
what we call an IBM."
"Yes, Eileen and I were married, but
we are now divorced, but I do not work for IBM."
not say you worked for IBM, only that you are classified as IBM,
Irish by Marriage. Our records do not indicate divorce, so I guess
you are still eligible. Now laddie, let's not get greedy. I said I
had a gift for you, not gifts. So, do you accept it or not? I have
three more stops tonight and need to be done before daybreak so that
I may earn my four-leaf clover."
"Alright, I will accept
my free gift."
"Are not all gifts free? At any rate, I
have for you the gift of one wish. Let me explain; with this, you can
change one decision you made in the past, and your whole life can be
affected based on what you changed. I had one gent decide he would
change his decision to go to law school and elect to get a business
degree as an example."
"How did that work out for him? I
"Well, he got a business degree, became a CPA, and
eventually made millions on Wall Street."
"Good for him,
so now he is living the high life with tons of money; I think I
understand how this works now."
"Not really; it seems he
made a lot of that money from insider trading and was convicted. To
this date, he swears he did not understand the laws about insider
trading; I guess that law degree may have been handy after all. So,
what decision do you wish to change?"
"I would say the
divorce, but that was Eileen's decision, not mine. I would say
change my mind about getting married first, but that would mean I
would not have the two kids now."
"Listen, you need to
make a change soon; you remember I have three more stops
"I could change the decision to enter the
military and go straight to college, which should make me a bit
better off financially, but then I would not meet Eileen at the USO.
Hate to give up some of those memories."
"You are running
out of time! Hurry up and make a choice and change a decision!"
could change the decision to invest in ENRON and perhaps invest in
something more stable like IBM, but then I suspect that would somehow
backfire just as it did for that example you gave. In fact, why do I
think that any decision changed would somehow backfire?"
we offer you a gift that is more a blessing than a curse? Tis not the
gift but how you use it that reveals if it is a blessing or a
"How many of these gifts have you given, and how
many have worked out where the recipient was happy with the
"I have given more than a few thousands of these
gifts over the many years, but honestly, only three have ended with
pure bliss for the individual. Time's up; what shall we change for
"It can only be one thing, my short friend
in green tights! I want to change my decision to accept the gift you
offered earlier. If the odds of being better off than before are as
small as you indicated, why change anything?"
remarked as he appeared to evaporate into a green mist and float
through the heating vents.
An odd start to the day, I think,
as I noticed a note in the shape of a four-leaf clover that
Congratulations, you are number four! Enjoy life because
of your decisions, not despite them, and Laddie, you will be happier