Happy Saint Patrick's Day! My mother's full-blooded Irish family gives me a wee bit over half-Irish status myself, a heritage which fascinates me. I am drawn to things Celtic--the lore, the land, the spirituality.
My husband recognized this early on, and honored that part of me by proposing on this day, twenty-nine years ago. The emerald in my engagement ring is a beloved reminder of that wonderful moment.
Each one of my three tattoos has green coloring--a four leaf clover on one anke, triquetra knot on the other, and now the green owl perched on my shoulder. No worries about getting pinched here!
Last night, I attended a "painting for relaxation" class. The instructor had us start by painting a circle using cool colors, then spiraling that circle outwards. I took her directions literally, so when I ran out of room to continue my spiral, I looped it up into another, and then another...and made a triad. I stuck with the same colors as we applied a second layer. Turned on its side, it looks like a shamrock.
This morning, my teenager will look for gold (chocolate) coins left by Seamus the leprechaun. I believe he's left forty of them lying about the living room. Later, I'll be baking iced shamrock cookies and cooking colcannon--potatoes and cabbage--for dinner. I'll also be raising a pint in honor of my dear mother and her Irish family.
Do you celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? What are your favorite traditions?