Kiss me, I’m Irish! Well, half-Irish, anyway. You may not guess it to look at me, but I’m a bona fide descendant of immigrants from the Emerald Isle. My maternal great-grandparents sailed forth from Ireland and started a family in the beautiful, bountiful state of…New Jersey. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the most exotic place they could have chosen to set down roots, but hey – it worked. My Irish side is, naturally, a big fan of St. Patrick’s Day. The shamrocks (not to be confused with four-leaf clovers), green attire, and freely flowing Guinness are right up my alley. St. Patrick’s Day was originally intended as a celebration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, but it’s gradually developed into a more secular celebration of all things Irish. Even if you don’t trace your roots back to the “land of saints and scholars,” everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! One day, I’d like to be able to celebrate the holiday in Ireland amid her rolling green pastures, but until then, I’ll head down to my favorite Irish Pub and enjoy a toast to your health – Sláinte!
– Tiffany Blair, LBSPY #28 (March 11-25th)