We can do it

Friday, March 16, 2007

Feeling Green

Today my kids had a St. Patrick's party at school. They ate green jello, played with green shaving cream, painted with green paint. They ate blue cupcakes. Huh? I just thought that one was weird.

I love St. Patrick's day. It is one great tradition that Dan brought to our family. My family, not being Irish, never celebrated except to dress up in green and pinch each other if we didn't. Dan's family does the whole meal and celebrates....as much as that family "celebrates". We get together and eat (which is a tradition that MY family welcomes with open arms and can jump right into). I am lucky enough to LOVE the traditional St. Patrick's day meal of corned beef and cabbage. I offer to make it year round, but Dan is stuck on eating it just for St. Patty's. I am bummed that I never get to put on a party or anything as we must trek to my Mother-in-law's house for the meal.

This means alot of long pauses. Uncomfortable silences. Talk about football. A concerted effort to NOT discuss anything, watch anything, DO anything that could possibly be of interest to me. It is a great passtime of MIL to see to it that I am not comfortable... So off we go tomorrow. But at least there is a great meal waiting for me...screw my Weight Watchers points. I'm gonna EAT! Partly because YUM! And partly because I don't want her to know I am on a diet. One more thing to criticize, ya know?

What are you all doing for St. Patrick's day??

May you always have walls for the winds,

a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,

laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,

and all your heart might desire.

I have known many, liked not a few, loved only one, I drink to you.

May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.

May the sound of happy music, And the lilt of Irish laughter, fill your heart with gladness, that stays forever after

May the saddest day of your future be no worse Than the happiest day of your past.

Here's a toast to your enemies' enemies!

As you slide down the banister of life,May the splinters never point in the wrong direction!


kelly said...

Aye, Happy St. Paddy's to you too. I'll be heading to the Canucks game tomorrow night, but I will wear my green sweater just for the heck of it.
Enjoy your dinner and maybe you'll have a MIL story to share after tomorrow night.

Dr.John said...

I hope you can enjoy the meal and have at least a little friendly conversation.

Pattie said...

Well, we were suppose to have a big corned beef and cabbage dinner here, but my husband is stranded up in the Northeast....all flights to Charlotte were cancelled.

So, instead, the kids and I are going uptown to see the parade, and that is about it.
I loved all the funny proverbs you posted!

Caro said...

I made corned beef and cabbage.

The kids didn't like it. Hey, more for me.

Here is my Irish toast.

May your mother-in-law drink too much Guiness and fall on her fat ass.


Catch said...

Ha ha...I love Caro's toast to your MIL....boy she must be something..how can she be so nasty to you. You are the Mother of her grandchildren. I just dont get it. I made cabbage rolls for dinner but we were out shopping this afternoon and got hungry so we had KFC!!!! LoL...I guess the cabbage rolls will be for tomorrow night!

Gingers Mom said...

Thank you all! We actually had a very pleasant St. Patrick's day with very little tension with the MIL. Surprise suprise! I hope you all had a wonderful Irish good time.

Trailady said...

I celebrated St. Pat's with my friends. Being Scot-Irish, I've always celebrated with gusto. ;o)