St. Patrick’s Day Green   9 comments


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Here’s my entry for St. Patrick’s Day.
Surely there’s something magical about a green pond.
Surely there’s got to be Leprechauns somewhere around there to keep it so nice and green.

That being said, I’ve never understood what all the hoopla is about when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. It seems everyone goes nuts — parades, green beer, green eggs, green puke from too much green beer, and so forth.

When I was a wee lad in elementary school, if you didn’t wear green, you got pinched. What was that all about? You didn’t even have to be Irish to get pinched. Of course, my mom never bought me anything green. You can guess what happened.

In a r-e-a-l-l-y small town in Iowa, one of the things they do on an annual basis on St. Patrick’s Day is turn the river that flows by their town green. I mean, come on…..

I can hear all the Irish men and women out there (or maybe those who just like to drink green beer) shouting at me, “YOU’D UNDERSTAND IF YOU WERE IRISH!” Well, maybe, maybe not.

I may have a wee bit of Irish blood in me. I’ve got a two-thirds chance that one of my great, great grandfathers may have been Irish. From what I’ve been able to tell, about two-thirds of all the Hines in Kentucky during that period of time came from Ireland.

On the other hand, it might be that I just came from a family that didn’t get excited about anything. Or it could be that I’m just an old curmudgeon after all.

Still, I wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Whatever that means. 🙂

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9 responses to “St. Patrick’s Day Green

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  1. It is strange thie way St Patricks day is so big, and the Orangemans day goes by silently. St. Patrick is actually the Catholic celebration.

    • You got me on the Orangeman’s day. I don’t think I have heard of that one, at least by that name.

      I guess Easter and Christmas were Catholic celebrations, as well, that sort of, well, took off with a life of their own.

      I’m not so much concerned about St. Patrick’s Day roots as I am wondering why it’s such a big deal. Same with Mardi Gras. You see lots of cities and towns all across America celebrating their own Mardi Gras, yet have absolutely no tie-in with New Orleans.

      We might say the same thing about Cinco Mayo, or whatever it’s called. That isn’t even American.

      Thanks for your thoughts . . . really. They got me to thinking, and that’s what this blog is all about. 🙂

  2. Happy St. Patricks day! Stunning photo. 🙂

  3. If you live in St. Paul, Minnesota, half the police force is Irish (or used to be), so you have to celebrate, MJ

  4. It works… Happy Paddy’s Day! 🙂

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