Beth Siegalkoff

Today is St Patrick’s Day! Erin Go Braugh! Which means Ireland forever!

St. Patrick’s Day is in honor of the patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity about 400 AD to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history ancestry, traditions and customs.

St. Patrick’s Day has many symbols and traditions, from shamrocks and leprechauns to green beer, corned beef and cabbage.

St. Patrick’s Day parades are popular in many cities around the United States. Interestingly, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade did not take place in Ireland. It took place in New York City in 1792.

Are you Irish? Well, the saying goes, everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. More than 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland.

So, put on some green, have some green eggs and ham for breakfast, cook some corned beef and cabbage, add some green food coloring to your beverage of choice and celebrate the day.

Due to the pandemic, there probably won’t be very many parades, if any. To celebrate the day, maybe watch an Irish movie, like Far and Away or The Quiet Man, or the Luck of the Irish. And, as always, when Irish eyes are smiling, they are usually up to something.

It was really disappointing to have to give up an hour’s sleep last Sunday. It isn’t fair to have to begin Daylight Saving Time and start spring-cleaning at the same time. Granted, cleaning closets and getting rid of winter clutter is very satisfying, but giving up an hour of sleep on the weekend is not my idea of fun.

It seems like I am dragging. There ought to be a law! Oh wait, there is. Sixty percent of California voters did vote to get rid of Daylight Saving Time. Yet, it is still with us. Because it is up to the government to carry it through and, for some reason, that hasn’t happened. Hawaii and Arizona don’t have Daylight Saving Time so it’s not like it is a new concept. Just switch California over, and I bet Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Nevada will be glad to follow along. And, who knows, maybe the rest of the country will join us.

Did you know that Canada and Mexico start their Daylight Saving Time April 4? And parts of their countries don’t observe Daylight Saving Time either. What is up with that?

Okay, okay, now that I have stirred the pot, I’ll get off my soapbox now and go take a nap; maybe I’ll feel better.

Remember when I said March was a big birthday month for our family? There are two this coming week. Son Matt’s is Sunday. And his best friend and lady love Kristyn’s is on Tuesday. We love you both and wish the happiest of birthdays. Make your days memorable.

Recipe of day: Corned Beef and Cabbage; Flower of the day: Shamrocks

Dates to remember:

March 20 – Spring Equinox

March 27 – Passover

March 28 – Palm Sunday

March 29 thru April 5 – Spring Vacation, the schools have the Monday after Easter off.

April 1 – April Fool Day

April 2 – Good Friday

April 4 – Easter

April 21 – Administrative Assistants Day

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.