Ahh, St. Patrick’s Day. Is there a better day to kick off my blog than with the lucky holiday of my own Irish-American ancestry? It’s one of my favorite holidays of the year. A time to let loose and celebrate the mirth and mischief that life has to offer. That . . . and to drink a LOT of beer!
St. Patrick’s Day is known to many in the Christian world as the day St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland. In more pragmatic terms, he converted the pagan Irish natives to Christianity. I always hated that story. Don’t get me wrong, Christianity has its merits, the ten commandments being a great place to start on a path of morality. But there’s no denying it has many faults as well. Especially back in Saint Patrick’s era when intolerance and corruption ran rampant (it still does to this day, but that’s another story altogether). Sometimes I dream of a world in which religion did not exist. It would not be perfect by any means, but it would certainly take one major source of conflict out of the equation.
Before I go too far I must halt myself. I didn’t write this post to discuss religion. I think it would be unwise to focus my first blog post on such a controversial topic. Even in my youth, St. Patrick’s Day was not much of a religious holiday, even at the Catholic school I attended. It was a day celebrated by wearing all shades of green, playing pranks, eating corned beef and cabbage (actually, I don’t think we really did that growing up), and, as I got older, lots of drinking and merriment. And that is how I celebrate it to this day. I blast the Irish Rovers on my iPhone, dance to the Unicorn Song with my kids, and drink my fair share of beer (no green dye necessary). My boys open their leprechaun boxes (our own tradition) to find green hot wheels cars or gold-wrapped candy. And yes, I spend the day roasting corned beef with veggies, steaming cabbage, and baking Irish soda bread dotted with caraway seeds and raisins. So whether you are celebrating St. Paddy’s, the commencement of spring, or simply another Monday, I raise my glass of green tinted cheap beer and toast to you.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!