But we’re not even Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I say that, of course not being in the least bit Irish (but with 6 kids constantly being mistaken for Irish) but on St. Patrick’s Day, don’t we all have just a wee bit of the green in us?

When I was growing up St. Patrick’s Day meant you had to wear something green. You weren’t allowed to wear orange (never understood that one) and if you caught someone not wearing green you were allowed to pinch them (which of course always led to the safety phrase “well there’s green on my underwear – you just can’t see it”).

As part of the current school curriculum in our town, the first graders are required to make Leprechaun traps. Okay, it’s an exercise in creativity but seriously, a trap to catch a tiny person?

My kids never felt comfortable with that and so instead of making a trap they always did things like made a device where the trap couldn’t shut. There was always a back door, an escape hatch.

One of my sons made a small bedroom in a shoebox incase the Leprechaun wanted to take a rest.

Because the Leprechaun left little treats at the school in appreciation for the traps, this somehow morphed into a tradition at home. Now on St. Patrick’s Day, the Leprechaun (damn him anyway) takes all of the family shoes and lines them up back to back throughout the first floor. Chairs are turned upside down, Happy St, Pat’s day is spelled out in Popsicle sticks on the floor. Chaos abounds we peer at the tropical storm called Leprechaun.

The Leprechaun always leaves a treat for the kids. Sometimes, it’s green cookies or green pencils; just something to remind the kids that green is the color of the day. This year the kids came down to a table filled with green M&M’s and bottles of Irish Spring body wash.

Taking a large whiff of the soap, Emma exclaimed “It smells just like that waterfall in Ireland from the commercial”.

Yup, not a drop of Irish in this family.


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