Green Family Memories: Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day
It's St. Patrick's Day weekend! For some families, Irish or not, St. Patrick's Day is one that brings up old family memories. I still have a vivid memory, photograph clear, of one of my "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" shirts from my pre-school or early elementary aged days. The shamrock had stripes through it. I can almost smell the corned beef and cabbage cooking in my parents' kitchen. And now, as the parent, we go all out for our boys with new shirts and fun games and the big Irish meal and the whole nine yards. That's why I loved Julia's post at Lipstick and Lollypops; she walked down memory lane with her family's old Irish memories and then brought it back to present day.
My Mom’s center piece is a bowl full of potatoes. It symbolizes the Irish Great Potato Famine of 1846 when many Irish immigrated to America. My parents’ table is full of traditional Irish American food such as corn beef, cabbage, and potatoes. My Mom’s homemade Irish soda bread with raisins is a favorite. She marks each loaf of bread with a cross to commemorate the history of the holiday.
Saint Patrick’s Day is full of laughter among family and friends. Before I was a Mom and needed less sleep, it was a ball to stand in line early in the morning to open a bar full after kegs and eggs or crowd onto a trolley stocked with beer for a pub crawl for this holiday. I love those memories and am even happier with my family today and our comparatively low-key fun. We now revel in both our son’s delightful smiles – our newborn Patrick (named for my Mom, Patricia) and two-year-old Andrew. The focus is on their green little outfits, but I have my green boa flair ready, too!
How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Go read Julia's post for the rest of her memories. It might inspire you to wear something green this weekend.