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Yes I am a day late for St. Patrick’s Day but I still would like to share what I learned yesterday so we can all get it right for next year.
Do not shorten the name Patrick to Patty. If you do, some true Irish person will have a stroke. Double D’s everyone. It’s PADDY. Keep the other one for hamburgers and peppermints.
And Green beer is sacrilegious. Gotta be Guinness.
I feel qualified to school you on these points because I have at least one Irish ancestor. My maternal grandfather was mostly Irish. There’s also English, German and a lot of Scottish in my roots. W’s roots are French, Swedish and although no one talks about it, possibly Iroquois. So that makes our kids absolutely one hundred percent Canadian. My son somehow inherited a love for the occasional Guinness. Obviously from his great great grandfather who didn’t drink but I’m sure that’s just a minor detail.
During my little blogging hiatus I started many drafts but I have decided to delete most of them because they are turning out to be a lot like my “memories on Facebook” in which my eight year old status updates make absolutely no sense. I’m sure at the time they meant something profound but now all they’re good for is proof of possible insanity.
One such ‘draft’ here says only “illegal bowling pants” and nothing more. That one I can still explain. A kid in Newfoundland won a bowling tournament but was later disqualified because of the black pants rule. His black jeans had faded so it was decided (probably to appease some disgruntled whining parent) that they no longer met the strict kids bowling tournament dress code. All the shit going on in the world and in Canada this makes for big news.
Happy Belated St. Patrick’s Day! Happy Birthday today to our middle (of three) granddaughter who is twelve. TWELVE! She was three a couple of years ago wasn’t she? Time for kids drags on and on and for us years disappear when we blink. Or also when we consume too much Guinness our concept of time can go a little wonky. It’s not all about age.
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