Why we love St Patricks Day
Happy St Patricks Day!
I’m a big fan of St Pats Day. When we lived in Sydney, our friends were a multicultural bunch – Indian, French, Sri Lankan, South African, American, Scottish, Kiwi and English. But the majority were Irish. Sorry everyone else, but I loved the Irish the best. Maybe it was that larrikin spirit (so similar to us Aussies), or their humility, but of all the friendships we made there, the Irish are the ones that we’ve kept in contact with.
It also helps that Sydney throws them an awesome party each year with a parade through the city and festivities at Hyde Park each year. I’d pull out my Irish heritage and pretend that I fit in (I’ve got complexion for it), and lets be honest, they are all happy to have another drinking partner!
My babies both have some odd little Irish ties. We’d never made it to Ireland in our travels (I’ve never been to Europe), but we’d always said when our friend Liz (who wrote our travelling with kids series) and her partner got married, we’d head over. That became a reality and we got planning. Obviously we neglected another area of planning and I fell pregnant. The last trimester fell when the wedding was planned and in the end A1 headed off to be a groomsman and I stayed behind as I couldn’t fly. So I spent the last remaining weeks of my pregnancy with Miss E with my head in the Irish clouds….
Three years ago today was my due date for Master O and I was sure I was going to have a ‘green baby’. That title instead went to one of my friends who had returned to Ireland. I went past my due date and waited another few days. I eventually went into labour in the wee hours of the morning after having taken Miss E to a Wiggles concert that previous afternoon. Wiggled him out apparently…
This year, in honour of my dubious Irish heritage/links, I decided to make a St Pat’s themed lunchbox for Miss E. Nothing worked how I wanted it too. I couldn’t find my shamrock picks (time to clean it the bento drawer) and I swear we had green capsicum in the fridge but it had disappeared. So its not really what I imagined…
Anyway, it has jelly so Miss E will love it.
And, in no particular order:
Things Danni loves about St Patricks Day. (This pretty much sums up my favourite things about it too – just add Tayto chips ~Mel~)