Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day . . .

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Those charming elfin ears, the green scarf, the crystalline green eyes. Well, Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Gorgeous!

So far in his aquatic adventures, Mr. Armitage has not had to dive into water dyed kelly green. The Chicago River on Saint Patrick‘s Day. This is the real thing, not a Photoshop image, a tradition that started nearly 50 years ago. Image from inspiredwater.com

Like many southerners, I actually am of Scots-Irish ancestry on my father’s side (my dad always talked about the sensitivity  of “fine Irish skin”) and English on my mother’s side. So I don’t have to just pretend to be Irish today.  I found some clever images on Freakingnews.com from a St. Patrick’s Day Contest and thought it would be fun to share them with you on this St. Paddy’s Day. And don’t forget to wear green today, lest you be pinched! (assuming, of course, you don’t want to be pinched . . . wouldn’t mind it if Sir Guy–or Lucas–or Porter–or some other delectable RA character wished to give me a pinch)

Tigerprincess's take on Mona Lisa, who looks a bit different than I remember . . .

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OK, it's not kelly green, and he's not a leprechaun, but I would be happy to find this elfin-eared creature at the end of any rainbow.

bmr102 of The Democrats created this lovely St. Paddy's geisha.

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  2. The native Japanese waitress at my sushi lunch place yesterday told me they would all be wearing green for St Patrick’s. She asked me if I would be in for lunch and would I wear green. Not a drop of Irish in me. I have on blue / black. I did resist the temptation to put on orange, though 🙂

    • LOL Benny wore a shirt with a green stripe in it today and tonight I wore a floral shirt with white, rose and green. So we got our green in there. I loved the green lipstick on the geisha girl. 😉

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  4. Happy St. Patricks Day! I have always found it interesting how on the one hand Americans are incredibly patriotic, on the other are very proud of their European roots, especially Irish or Scottish. I’ve had a couple of people super excited that their great great something or another were from my country. Then again they would also tell me their cleaning lady was too.
    Now that’s really something that’s hard to reply to, apart from saying: Thta’s nice… 😉
    What I find interesting is that, as far as I remember correctly from college, the largest group to immigrate were the Germans and yet I haven’t come across anyone sharing that heritage from amongst my friends.
    Just a little musing, time to hit the Guiness 🙂

    • I’m a proud German-American and I talk about it a lot, actually, including on the blog 🙂 Over a quarter of U.S. citizens at present have at least one German ancestor. That will probably change now with the influx of Hispanics and South Asians, but we’re proud nonetheless.

      • I was just thinking that you’re the only person I know 😉 I think it also has to do with the historic background and the way people with German roots were treated during the wars. I also think Irish roots are considered “cool” nowadays, which wasn’t always the case, if I remember my US history lectures.

        • It depends a lot on where you live. I grew up in a very northern European part of the country where there was never any stigma attached to the German heritage, even during and between the wars. In most of the U.S. German-Americans are more assimilated.

          Yes, when the huge influx of Irish came after 1848 (incidentally there was a big German influx at that time for the very same reason, it just didn’t get as much press, and also because of the revolutions of that time), they were seen extremely negatively. A lot of immigration waves have this experience initially in the U.S. — whoever there’s “too many of” gets stigmatized and / or demonized. Happened to the Chinese and Japanese as well, among many examples.

          • I remember studying about “The Yellow Peril” in terms of fears the Chinese were going to take over all the jobs on the railroads. Now we have people complaining about illegal aliens from Mexico taking jobs from Americans who need work. Don’t get me wrong, I think you should go through the proper legal channels and obtain citizenship if you want to permanently relocate here, but we all know many illegal immigrants are hired because they will work for so much less than American counterparts. They are doing the jobs Americans don’t want to do anyway. We have one of the toughest immigration laws in the country here in Alabama, one that has been strongly criticized by many church groups who feel these illegals are being unfairly targeted.

      • I think I may have mentioned this before at your blog, Servetus, but I have been told by a orthopedic shoe specialist I have “classic German feet.” They are duplicates of my dad’s, just scaled down a bit. So somewhere back there I may have some German blood, too, on top of the Anglo-Scots-Irish with a dash of Cherokee Indian going on. 😉 And my sister-in-law is full-blooded German. She was adopted as a small child by an American serviceman and his wife. After her parents passed away, She did some research and found out she had several siblings. Two of them lived in Texas within a couple of hours of her. But she has actually become the closest to her brother Gunther and sister Rosie back in Germany and has visited them several times. She’s been studying German, too.

    • Here in the Deep South, there is a lot of patriotic pride but there is also a strong interest in family and genealogy. It is not uncommon for older people to ask, “Now who are your people?” There are quite a few families who have been in this area for a substantial amount of time considering our nation’s relatively brief history.
      At one time we assumed my dad’s family had come over close to the time of the Irish Potato Famine, but it turned out a David Killough came here from Killough (St. Mary’s Port) in County Down, Ireland in the mid-18th century. Like so many of the families here in Alabama today, our ancestors started out in the Carolinas and eventually migrated south. There is a saying around here, “Be careful who you talk about in front of other people, they might be related.” I have discovered I am distant cousins with a heck of a lot of people around here. 😉

  5. My husband and I spent the weekend in the city, which included meeting up with friends at an Irish pub for St Patrick’s Day yesterday. My husband wore his green All Ireland rugby top which we bought in Ireland in ’08, and I had an emerald green top, so we looked the part!
    My father’s paternal grandparents were from County Lietrim and Cavan, and they came out to Australia in the mid 1800’s. I have been doing family history research for some time now, but have not had as much luck tracing my Irish roots as I have my English ones, unfortunately.

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