A Green Moment in Time

‘Tis St. Patrick’s Day and I admit to wearing green. I could just as appropriately have chosen blue, mind you, as blue was the colour associated with Ireland until the mid-1700s. And non-Catholics might well choose orange. So why does green appear everywhere today?

Legend has it that St. Patrick chose a shamrock to help explain the concept of the Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people. As the habit of tucking a shamrock into one’s hatband became a common sign of either Irish nationalism or loyalty to the Roman Catholic faith, references to “the wearin’ o’ the green” began popping up. Trust the rest of the world to go overboard with turning all things green on March 17th. Even  the Chicago River is green today.

We do get carried away, in both sacred and secular circles, as we celebrate the feast day of St. Patrick. But it’s a wonderful excuse to share a bit o’ Blarney with friends. However I draw the line at hoisting a pint of green beer or stout. Just thinking about it makes me feel a little green around the gills!

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat.

May the road rise with you.


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3 thoughts on “A Green Moment in Time

  1. joylene says:

    I’d have dyed Cluculz Lake green, but it’s still frozen over.

    That was pretty kewl, thanks Carol.

  2. Careann says:

    What, no patch of green food colouring splashed across the ice? Where’s your Irish spirit? 🙂

  3. Shari says:

    Wow, dying the river? Does seem a little bit much, but still it’s better than drinking green beer, I’m sure! Ick.

    May the road rise with you. — I love that blessing. 🙂

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