Top of the morning to you on this fine Thursday morning. Yes, it is St. Patrick’s Day, and I am wearing the green to represent my Irish side. My sister is already making her corned beef and I wish I was home for it, because even though I am not a big fan of corned beef on its own, she makes a fabulous dish called Colcannon which is made with corned beef, creamy mashed potatoes and cabbage. It is delicious.
There is a lot of controversy about this day. A lot of Italians (yes, I am half) always have to spend the day posting on every platform that St. Patrick was in fact, a Roman citizen, which makes him an Italian. They also have to remind us that he was kidnapped by Irish pirates when he was a teenager. Yes, yes, that may be true, but he eventually escaped his captors and got out of Ireland. But he did return to spread Christianity to the Irish people and that is why today is his feast day and why Ireland celebrates. It is also claimed that he drove snakes out of Ireland; I don’t know if that is true or not, but it makes for a great legend.
This was always a church holiday and a national holiday in Ireland. People in Ireland do like to celebrate with a pint and some good food, but I do not know how it turned into the holiday we see today. Now all you see if everyone wearing green and claiming that everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, wearing Kiss Me, I’m Irish buttons and drinking green beer. Hey, I like a good time as much as the next person, but let’s not get too crazy. It’s kind of like Cinco de Mayo…of course I am going to eat Mexican food on May 5th., but I am not going to be out in the streets getting drunk on Corona and Tequila acting like it’s my day. Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French Empire. But, once again, it has been turned into something else, but I digress.
O.K., now that the history lesson is over, I will get off my soapbox and tell you that I do enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and all the tomfoolery that goes along with it. As much as I would like the people on the streets to understand what this day is really all about, I am not going spoil the fun, because I like the fun. I have to have numerous shamrock shakes from McDonalds throughout the month, I have been known back in the day to be out in the streets with a green beer in my hand saying Kiss Me, I’m Irish and asking people where my pot of gold went. I have been on too many pub crawls on this day to remember and I might have been seen in a couple of Irish pubs singing “Danny Boy” and “Red Headed Mary” at the top of my lungs. Thank the dear Lord this was a time before camera phones and the internet.
So, go out and enjoy the craic if that is what you want to do. (craic is an irish slang term meaning fun, enjoyment, being in great company with lively conversation) Go sing some songs, drink some Guiness and Jamesons, eat some corned beef, wear the green even. Because even if this a is holiday that has turned into something else from it’s origins, the Irish would be the first ones to say the more the merrier and hand you a drink. Erin Go Bragh!!
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