By Corinne Wnek
I’m having a bit of an identity crisis these days so that’s one way I know we are knee deep into March. This is the month we embrace all things green. These days, it is easy to find a parade, a pub party, bagpipers and, of course, corned beef and cabbage suppers. I don’t have a drop of Irish blood in my Italian veins but, once again, I have fallen under the spell of St. Patrick’s Day.
So I am desperately searching for something green to wear this weekend but that is the only color for which I do not own one stitch of clothing. Nothing. Sure, there are big green shamrocks adorning my front porch and windows and I actually listen to Celtic music all the time. The pipes, harps and fiddles relax me and keep me cheerful. But there is nothing green for me to actually wear so I can show my outward support for Eire and be a part of all the raucous celebrations.
So I will take the high road is March 17. I will wear the spirit of the Irish because what they are really celebrating is life, culture and survival. I will be happy and festive on Saturday, color be damned, and nothing will spoil my rebellious, carefree and diet busting weekend. Bring on the Guinness.
Now, I’m not sure I’ll ever find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but I’m not ruling out the possibility because I do believe the Irish are a lucky lot. If they believe in rainbows, who am I to argue otherwise? And what other culture can mesmerize us with tales of the sea and of fairies and spirits dancing in the moonlight? I really am a sucker for things unseen and St. Patrick’s Day sends my imagination into overdrive.
So here’s to people who helped to make America great through hard work and who taught us the value of faith and hope in times of trouble. Here’s to people who are not afraid to live and more importantly, are not afraid to survive. If we believe in this philosophy then it really is true that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.
And that ain’t no blarney.
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