Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! I did a little St. Patrick’s Day celebrating early last night with friends and am excited to make my first St. Patrick’s Day dinner of bangers and mash tomorrow! I’ve made it once before but didn’t use real Irish bangers. Trader Joe’s is super awesome and carries all your favorites for a traditional Irish meal for this great holiday so I had to pick some up!
You certainly don’t have to be Irish to take part in St. Patrick’s Day but it’s really fantastic when you are, in fact, Irish like I am! My grandmother, pictured with me above circa 1988, partied hard on St. Patrick’s Day. It was certainly her favorite. She decorated as much as Christmas, received tons of cards, bouquets, and had a big meal of corned beef and cabbage every year. The Irish music flowed as much as the Irish whiskey did for some (she never drink except for a wee bit of Irish coffee on this holiday). In grade school, we always had an Irish musician come in and play all the great songs like Whiskey in the Jar, Finnegan’s Wake, and Wild Rover. He’d play the Irish drum or bodhran, which has always been my favorite instrument. It was such a fun time each year and still is when you get of drinking age! But I always try to remember my heritage and how strong of a hold it has on me, mostly because of my grandma.
This is the first St. Patrick’s Day without her. It’s been pretty hard to be super excited for it this year knowing I won’t be sending her a card or hearing about the dinner again. I think that’s why I want to plan my own St. Pat’s meal tradition. I consider myself incredibly lucky to celebrate this holiday every year, for the memories of the past and to keep her memory strong and with me the rest of my life. The scarf in the pictured above is one of my most prized possessions. You can’t really tell but this is the scarf she is wearing in the picture. She wore it every St. Patrick’s Day. I am so lucky to have this little piece of tradition from her St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
So for this St. Patrick’s Day week, I wish you much luck, whether you’re naturally lucky or make your own. I hope you take the time to realize just how lucky you really are.