I can’t help it. I know St. Patrick’s Day is an excuse for many to go get drunk on green beer and pinch people who forget to wear green and just another way for card makers and trinket manufacturers to make some money.
But my Irish blood starts bubbling and I am more than happy to celebrate my Irish heritage. And Saint Patrick, too, he was a pretty cool guy with a great story. You should look him up. He was taken by pirates and became a slave in Ireland, escaped and then went back to Ireland to share the Gospel.
I have several family lines that run back to Ireland and Irish traits are very strong in my family. Here’s an edited description of the Irish nature by Francesca Wilde.
“The Irish show the same characteristics as the Fairy race, for they also love everything that is artistic – the fascinations of life, beauty of form, music, poetry and song, splendor and noble pleasures.
Ireland is a land of mists and shadows; of cloud wraiths on the purple mountains; of weird silences in the lonely hills alternating with gorgeous sunset splendors. All this fantastic ever-changing atmosphere stirs the imagination and makes the Irish people strangely sensitive to spiritual influences.
The Irish love beauty, splendor, lavish generosity, music, song, the feast and dance. They are made for worshippers, poets, artists, musicians, orators;
to move the world by passion, not by logic.”
So, having raised two artists in a world of logic, we loved taking a day to celebrate the land and people from whom we got our more sensitive, passionate, dreaming natures.
Of course we’d celebrate with food!
Irish Soda Bread, Irish Stew, Colcannon, Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage and any dessert that uses Bailey’s Irish Cream, haha!
And, of course, we would eat our Irish dishes while we watched one or more of our favorite Irish movies!
It’s fun to watch Sean Connery in one of his first film roles. When my kids were little they would hide their eyes when the banshee showed up!
And who doesn’t love John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara? Filmed in Ireland, filled with Irish actors directed by an Irishman!
See? I’m getting all excited just talking about it. So, I’d better get the stew on the boil and start the Soda Bread!
And you know what they say, “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!” So have fun!