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Well, it’s that time of year again. March 17 is just around the corner, and I’m preparing for St. Patrick’s Day.
You know the holiday – the one on which almost everyone the world over, regardless of their personal heritage, pins on a shamrock and claims to be Irish. To say that some of these folks go a bit overboard would be one of The World’s Greatest Understatements. Truth be told, there are times when I worry that I’m one of them.
But then, I take a look around, and what do my eyes alight upon but green beer. Green beer?!? I mean, really?
Not to be outdone by their New Yorker cousins, Chicagoans even dye their river green, just to help everyone get in the spirit. Cast alongside these two super powers of the annual St. Pat’s Day celebrations, and my humble endeavors definitely pale.
In an effort to appear less crazy than some of the other St. Patrick’s Day aficionados, I start out slowly, just as soon as my birthday is left behind me towards the end of each February.
Starting with music, I reach for a treasured James Galway and the Chieftains CD, working under the assumption that you can’t go wrong with a classic. Next I progress to the Three Priests. Saturday morning comes along, and I switch to Celtic Thunder – some of the best housecleaning music around. By that evening, I’m pooped, and before I slip into a warm bubble-filled bath, I stock the changer with Celtic Women and press Play.
Now before you all leave a million and one comments pointing out that some of the selections from which I am choosing don’t really reflect Irish music, I already know that, but I’m not a purist. It’s a mood that I’m trying to establish here.
As a card-carrying foodie, you know that I haven’t just been listening to music. In point of fact, I’ve been cruising the area’s grocery store aisles in search of two things – Irish soda bread and Irish butter. Talk about a match made in Heaven! Served with a cup of Irish Breakfast tea, there’s nothing better, but that doesn’t stop me. There’s at least one good round of both Irish stew and its cottage cousin Colcannon in my future.
Now, I’m not much of a drinker myself, but if a certain friend of mine comes over anytime during the first two weeks of March, some Guinness will magically appear simultaneously. Also, this is the season for a good cup of Irish coffee after dinner, and you might – just might – catch me sipping on a jigger or two of Bailey’s served over ice or even ice cream.
There’s one thing left if I’m going to enjoy a perfect St. Patrick’s Day experience, and those of you who follow this blog already know what is missing. Yep, you guessed it! Because of my well known addiction, I will eat my way through a fair amount of Irish chocolate – much more creamy than our American chocolates. You really should give it a try.
At this point, I will have done everything but drink a pitcher of green beer while dancing a jig, so maybe I’m just as crazy as the rest of them…
Surely, I’m not at all like those other Irish wannabes. After all, my mother’s maiden name was Patrick!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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