Monday, March 17, 2008

St Patrick's Day and what it means to me..


Frankly nothing...I'm 1/2 Italian, 1/4 Swedish and 1/4 English. But in honor of the day I usually cook a corned beef and cabbage dinner..'cause we like it.

I grew up in a town in Northern NJ that had a predominately Italian heritage population (hard to believe right???). When I was a kid some kids told us to wear orange on St Patrick's day if we weren't Catholic. Jeez I was raised in the Unitarian Church...my parents weren't too cool with that idea so I didn't do it. I had nothing against the Irish Catholic kids. Hell, I was one of the few kids who wasn't Catholic, the last thing I wanted to do was stand out in elementary school... I usually wore something green.


In 1977 I actually went to the NY St Patrick's Day Parade in NY..primarily to get drunk..which I did and didn't have such a great time because some guy puked on the back of my coat while we were jammed into some pub on 47th Street. Frankly it was a pretty awful experience. I never went again.


Looking back on my younger days, this day was just an excuse to get wasted ...now its just an excuse to make a yummy pot of corned beef and cabbage.


So.. Irish or not.... Enjoy your day.

Ciao!!

12 comments:

VE said...

Leprochans are almost as good as gnomes in my book! Irish you a happy St. Patricks day...the only true "green" holiday.

leelee said...

I never thought of it like that! I'm a HUGE gnome fan...

Top O' The Evening to ya VE.

HUGS!!!!

Matt-Man said...

I hope you had a good one and that the corned beef was good. Cheers Leelee!!

leelee said...

It was really yummy! Thanks Matt!!

Corned Beef, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and Soda bread...YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope yours was good too!

HUGS!!

Serena Joy said...

A happy belated St. Paddy's to you, Leelee.:)

The Phosgene Kid said...

Corned beef rules and it doesn't make you regret waking up the next morning!!

elena jane said...

i'm half irish, grew up with the corned beef and cabbage (yuck) and we did nothing on monday...
went to dublin once for paddy's day, it was just an excuse to drink warm beer (which i don't even like)....;)

leelee said...

Serena, thanks hon! I owe you a visit. as soon as I return from my easter visit with the grandkids.

Phos - I couldn't agree more.

Elena - Just another day in paradise eh??

HUGS All!!

NYD said...

Ummmmmm, I'm really sorry about the coat. Send me the cleaning bill.

leelee said...

well as long as I know it was you....

puerileuwaite said...

I shall henceforth celebrate this day, as THIS is the day I found out that there are Italians in New Jersey.

leelee said...

Isn't it something Pug? Between wikipedia and Blogger, I learn new crap every day!

HUGS!!