Essay — St. Paddy’s Day

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No matter where our ancestors came from, a lot of Americans feel a little Irish on March 17th.

Of course, there are many degrees of Irish. People blessed with a wee smidgen may just put on a green blouse or tie and go out to their favorite restaurant for corned beef and cabbage.

Those who like to wear more green might opt to shop. Sterling silver Irish coin bracelets, shamrock shirts, tees, neckties, caps, or bandannas could put you in a Gaelic mood year round.

For the true sons and daughters of the old sod, the Emerald Isle is the only place to be. A plane hop and a skip will get you to Dublin for a week of spectacular events. The fun includes street theater, music, dance, treasure hunts, hot air balloons, free concerts and (may your glass always be full) gallons of Guinness.

Here in Carpenter Country, while we’d love to dance a lively jig at one of the outdoor festivals or visit the Luminarium, a maze of brightly colored tunnels and domes that would surely send our hearts racing, we’ll settle for an Irish boon.

On the other hand, we still have time before the festivities begin. And we’ve always wanted to see a Leprechaun, find a Shillelagh, kiss the stone at Blarney Castle…

Hmmm! Wonder how Irish we really are?




HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at



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