When you see or hear the words ‘St. Patrick’s Day’, what are the first three things that come to mind? Let me guess:
Green is an obvious one. This color is representative of Ireland, the country in which ‘St. Patrick’ originated from. People, both Irish and Irish-for-the-day, will wear green. I still cannot figure out where pinching comes into play. I read several different interpretations on where this tradition comes from, but no two websites told the same story. So just to be on the safe side, wear green. Unless, of course, you enjoy a pinch or two.
Parades, apparently, are just America’s way to party. The Irish actually find it kind of funny that Americans celebrate this day. My opinion, just a reason to enjoy some green lager and call out of work the following day. Excuse: unavoidable inebrieation.
Now to my favorite part, the corned beef and cabbage. Personally, I prefer mine on marble rye with ‘special sauce’. They call it a Reuben Sandwich…mmmm….(mouth is watering). I didn’t always find this meal desirable. I can remember when I was a kid and my mom would make corned beef and cabbage. Honestly, the smell completely grossed me out. I always imagined that if someone’s stomach was going to explode, that’s what it would smell like. But now I get as much of it as I can while the craze is going on…..kind of like the McRib.
My St. Patty’s Day plans consist of sleeping in, hanging out with the cutest little leprechaun, and making some green eggs and ham. Then, (St. Louis weather permitting) we’ll head to the park, search for four leaf clovers and, by the end of the day, I’ll have memories better than a pot o’ gold at the end of a rainbow. Whatever your plans are, let’s try to keep the pinching to a minimum.
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