I’ve always loved St. Paddy’s Day. For one, it means spring is just around the corner. And by this time of year, after a long, cold, and drab winter, I’m ready to see green. Lots of it. I live in Nebraska so we see all four seasons in a big way out here on the prairie. I love all four, but I’ll take warm temps any day over cold ones. Makes riding my trusty steeds all the more enjoyable. I also happen to think Leprechauns are kinda cute, and they wear green!
The second reason I love this holiday is, well, this is one I came to love upon turning twenty-one! It’s the chance to indulge in a few green beers. Gotta love green beer! Hmm. I wonder if Sam I Am loved green beer as much as green eggs and ham! And the corned beef and cabbage ain’t too bad, either.
This year I won’t be indulging in corned beef and cabbage, though, and I doubt I’ll get a green beer, either. Our kids are active in horse 4-H so we’ll be busy enjoying pancakes and sausage at the annual 4-H Pancake Feed! Yum! Always good. And always filling!
Here’s a bit of Nebraska trivia for you. The town of O’Neill, Nebraska was named after an Irishman named John O’Neill. A Calvary officer, O’Neill was responsible for helping Irish immigrants relocate out west. Today O’Neill is known as the “Irish Capital of Nebraska,” and is home to “The Worlds Largest Shamrock.” It’s pretty cool. You’ll find it painted on the street in the middle of O’Neill’s main street. And in this neck of the woods you’re sure to find more than a few cowboys! Who needs a Blarney Stone with cowboys everywhere!
So how about you? What do you like about St. Patrick’s Day? The beer? The food? An occasion to party?
And I’ll leave you with a St. Patrick’s Day blessing.
See you all back here on the 30th!