I Love Being Irish!
To be exact.....Black Irish. There is some controversy as to whether there is such a thing.....I am proof. I have studied long hours and gone to Ireland tracing my family tree. The Spanish Armada did indeed invade Eire and were overtaken by the brave people of that land. The controversy comes in the form of: Did they take Spanish sailors as prisoners and use them as working slaves and did they "mate" with the young Irish lasses who found them most intriguing and attractive.....I found one Spanish name among the ancestry and I have the darkest brown hair possible and rich dark brown eyes. My conclusion? Someone in my family thought the Spaniards were handsome indeed!
My name translates to Sine (SHEE na) Caitlin (KOT leen) and my maiden name is so Irish it screams the Emerald Isle.
I love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day but do so in the style held by those in Ireland.......no green beer or corned beef and cabbage for me. I decorate my home with Irish heather, Irish Bells, and green and purple shamrock plants, later to be placed in the garden.
Dinner consists of a hearty Irish stew, my grandmother's recipe for Irish soda bread and a wonderful concoction called Colcannon Mash. This consists of potatoes, lots of butter, milk, cabbage, ham, scallions and cracked black pepper.
And last but not least, St. Patrick Blue is to be worn in his honor and the honor of the Virgin Mary. It is the national color of Ireland, not green as most think.
Haha, and by the way, I DON'T go around pinching people!