This week we moved our clocks forward an hour and we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday. When I was growing up I always enjoyed pinching friends at school who forgot to wear green. Then when I became a third grade teacher in the late 70s, I made sure to write myself to big note as a reminder to wear green so my third grade kiddos didn’t have an opportunity to pinch me. During my years in the private sector and traveling so much, I really didn’t care whether I wore green or not. I thought to myself, “Go ahead…pinch me. I dare you!” Now that I work at the church and have been here for the past four years around all the little Glory Be kids, I’m back into the wearing of the green although I don’t think them pinching me would hurt all that bad. I have more fun asking the kids where their green is.
St. Patrick’s Day honors the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick, also referred to as the “Apostle of Ireland”. But I get a kick out of all the traditions associated with St. Patrick’s Day such as the meal of corned beef and cabbage, green beer, shamrocks, leprechauns, or the various St. Patty’s Day parades. How do traditions such as these begin? Some of the long held traditions on St. Patrick’s Day actually started in the U.S. You can read a variety of stories on the web at such sites as www.history.com. I believe some traditions have emerged to bring tourism to a particular city such as Chicago, Boston, New York who all have a longstanding celebration on St. Patrick’s Day. Many folks celebrate because of their Irish heritage. It’s fun to read up on how certain symbols became associated with St. Patty’s Day such as the Irish icon of the shamrock for good luck or the luck of the Irish.
I appreciate St. Patrick’s Day more for the proximity to Spring and new growth, sunshine and winter in my rearview mirror. I think this year I might even appreciate it a bit more after our significant winter. I’m ready for Spring and I bet you are too. Song of Solomon 2:11-12 says, “For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” Do you have any traditions for St. Patrick’s Day or is the turn of Spring more to your liking for a celebration? I think as the weather warms this week and we see some evidence of new growth, St. Patrick’s Day will find me wearing green for good measure and maybe a shamrock for a bit of Irish luck.
Bless you all,