St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. In fact, if you jump over to my Facebook page today, you’ll find it emblazoned with beautiful Irish proverbs in honor of the holiday.
I’m Scots-Irish–which is the same as saying I’m not Irish at all. If you read the history, the Scots-Irish were settlers from Scotland who moved in on the Irish in the 1600s and essentially reduced them to slaves before hopping over to America in the 1700’s and 1800’s.
So I’m not Irish. But I’m head-over-heels for Irish music. FYI, I’m probably the first and last person you’ve ever met who is specifically a fan of Irish banjo music. Such as the following:
But secondly, green is my favorite color. And on St. Patrick’s Day, green is everywhere!
Let me clarify. When I say green is my favorite color, I’m talking about a deep, soothing hunter’s green or a warm heather green. Not lime green. And, as a mater of fact, not Kelly green. Which is the most common shade of green running around on St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunate travesty, but I’ll let it slide.
So while everybody is celebrating with their chosen shade of green, here’s why I’m so thrilled about the color:
- It’s a very relaxing color. I find it very peaceful.
- It’s associated with the “go green” movement. (Take care of our planet!)
- It’s the color that symbolizes life and living things.
But most importantly, green reminds me of being outdoors. I’m never happier than when I’m in the middle of nowhere, just Molly and me, surrounded by peaceful, living things. Green reminds me of some of my favorite places, like my deer trail and Fort Lincoln (which is very green in the spring!).
So whether you’re Irish or just wish you were, happy St. Patrick’s Day. May an adventure in the green outdoors never be far from you. (My stab at an Irish proverb.)