We are gearing up to celebrate…
My late great-grandmother Dorthy was a hoot.
A little bit stubborn and a lot proud to be Irish, she told us kids about kissing the Blarney Stone, and made quite sure we were always on the lookout out for leprechauns. Now that we have the Internet, we know a lot more about leprechaun life, including that they have their own dedicated colony in Portland, Oregon.
I remember there was some family chatter around the possibility that Grandma Dorthy was actually English, and that she gained her Irish descent from her father tending to a farm in Ireland. Whether she stretched the truth about her lineage or not, I don’t know, but I can tell you that as sure as a pot of gold, she believed in the Irish within her and the leprechauns on the lawn.
My kids are slowly working through an ancestry.com project, so eventually we may know for sure. In the meantime, we think we might be Irish, so we are going to celebrate her conviction by kicking off the month of March with Dorthy Day on March 1st… “a day to celebrate and discover whoever you think you might be, whether you are or you aren’t.”
For now, we plan to be upside down giving our homemade Blarney Stone a smooch, playing Leprechaun games, and watching a great Irish flick. Next year, we might take a stroll through the Indian heritage on my husband’s side.
You might be wondering how we can get away with declaring our own holiday, well I can tell you we are late to the dance on that! According to Holiday Insights almost everyone has their own holiday these days. February 26th is Fairy Tale Day, February 27th is Polar Bear Day, and February 28th is No Brainer Day.
Even better news than finding out about all the holidays we may be missing out on, is the discovery that we could be a lot more Irish than we think we are!
After hearing much in recent years about the Six Degrees of Separation, I decided to do a little more investigation on that idea. I found out that with the prevalence of social media, Facebook researchers now believe the estimate of degrees of separation may have dropped to 3.5. This group is doing their own Irish six degrees of separation experiment. It’s probably not important that I understand all the details, I just needed permission to celebrate March as if I know St. Patrick himself, and clearly we have established that now.
Hope you get the chance to celebrate Dorthy Day in your own way, by looking through the lens of your lineage and discovering new ways to appreciate who you think you might be and where you came from. If that sounds like too much work, at least you know you have a little leprechaun in you, and I think that’s enough excuse to settle in to a superb Irish coffee.
$5 Happy Hour special at The Barn Light. The menu says it’s an “Adaptation of recipe from the Shannon airport in Ireland.” I’m not sure if the owners have been there to take a taste themselves, but it’s a great way to enjoy Dorthy Day!
Cheers to the beginning of the weekend,
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