3.17.2011

St. Pat's

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Growing up my dad told us to each pick a holiday and make it ours. He would provide the necessary budget, but we were in charge of making that day great. My dad chose Winter Solstice - fostering the tradition of a fire, s'mores, and howling at the moon. (?) My mom chose Halloween and Lacey chose Cinco de Mayo - complete with a piƱata and guacamole, Missy and I jumped back and forth between holidays, never really choosing one in particular (so lame) but Jessica, took St. Patrick's Day by the horns and made it one of the best days of the year.

Every St. Patty's we woke up to nasty green pancakes and green eggs and limeade. She scattered green footprints around the house and took us on a treasure hunt. She made pinching an art - and wearing green underwear or green socks didn't count. She told Leprechaun jokes all day. Most of them were lame, but some were funny (i.e: What do you call a diseased Irish criminal? --A leper con.)

I never really cared about St. Patrick's day, but I always cared about Jess, and today she is in Jerusalem. Doing things like herding sheep? But mostly studying and touring. She went to Egypt and Jordan and now she is in Galilee. Just thinking about her makes my heart hurt and my eyes fill with tears, but in the spirit of being happy on her holiday, let me just say that missing her while she is happy is so much better than missing her while she's sad.

Oh, and Jess? St. Pat's sucks without you.

7 comments:

janis said...

that's such a neat family tradition! love it.

annie said...

a) your sister is beautiful.
b) what a fun family tradition! i'm taking mental notes...
c) i think i might like to herd sheep, just once.

M. said...

happy! that's an awesome idea.

xoxo

Brooke! said...

It's my family's favorite holiday-we're Irish, you see, so it makes me happy to hear others celebrate it as well! I miss Jess too, but am so happy for her and the wonderful adventures she's having :)

Heather said...

Hearding the sheep was acutally pretty hilarious--I hope she liked it! and yes, I believe that she must be soo happy right now in Galilee--that is one of the most incredible places in the whole world, and I'm not exaggerating. I love that tradition you guys do. I think it sounds so fun.

Christa said...

that is such a fun family tradition. I want to impliment it into my own when my kid(s) are older.

Ana* said...

These photos are beautiful, what a nice tradition your father passed down to you!