Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I love holidays! That said, it saddens me, that not all U.S. holidays are celebrated in Mexico. Saint Patrick's Day is one such holiday. No people wearing green, no green dye poured in the river or beer, no pinching if you're not wearing green, and no leprechauns. How sad! I thought that since St. Patrick is a Catholic saint, he'd be celebrated in a Catholic country, but not so.

But I figure, that since my children and I are Americans, I need to teach them all about our culture, including holidays. My kids love it! I think my kids are pretty lucky, because they get the best of both worlds. We celebrate not only the Mexican holidays, but also American holidays, such as St. Patrick's day. Today, when they came home from school, they changed out of their uniforms into something green! At lunch, we ate Irish stew and for dessert, I treated my kids to Irish soda bread. To top things off, my kids have requested that tonight's bedtime story be a about St. Patrick himself!

There is another reason why St. Patrick's Day holds a place near and dear to my heart. March 17th, 1999, my husband and I learned that we were expecting our second child. We were so happy that we decided at that very moment, that if were to have a girl, her name would be Ireland and if we had a boy, his middle name would be Patrick. (We had already agreed on the first name of our first son.) So, when people ask me why Nicholas' middle name is Patrick, we tell this story.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

With love,
Leslie Limon

1 comment:

  1. My sister was born on St. Patrick's Day so my parents gave her an Irish middle name.