Top o' the mornin' to ya!
It's always so hard starting my day on St. Pat's without spending a good long thought on my favorite leprechaun, my Gramps. He loved St. Patrick's Day. He'd get his corned beef and cabbage; and was always the star of any get-together; and loved that everyone was in love with his home country, if only for a day. It was all about Ireland, and that always made him a happy guy, and that, in turn, always made us happy.
So, Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! Are you wearing your green? Brian's wearing a green sweater. I've got on a frighteningly green t-shirt and leprechaun socks to mark the occasion. Most everyone I've seen at work so far has donned their green apparel too, and that makes for a festive place to be today!
Hmm... some facts about St. Patrick's Day.
1. Shamrocks are young clover that haven't matured into their fourth leaf.
2. Since 1980, the Irish president has presented a shamrock to the U.S. President in a White House ceremony held annually around St. Patrick's Day. (That happened at a lunch yesterday.)
3. St. Patrick did not drive the snakes out of Ireland. They probably never had snakes on the Emerald Isle in the first place.
4. St. Patrick was born in Wales.
5. The largest concentrations of Americans with Irish ancestry are in Massachusetts. (That's because I'm here, too.)
6. The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States.