Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day was interesting in my family when I was a kid. My mom's parents actually had fights about it. Her mom's background was Irish and her dad's was English. My grandmother would wear green and put up green decorations, and my grandfather would complain about it.

My mother identified with her mother and celebrated St. Patrick's Day. My dad's family was English and Irish, but the Irish part was from Northern England. While she dressed us in green, my dad told us we should actually be wearing orange. There is a history behind that, but I don't remember it all. In my family, though, the women always had their way deciding on the traditions. So we always wore green, and my mom always made green mashed potatoes.

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