Oh dear. My son, Aumie #2, recently had a moment of ‘maybe the grass is greener on the other side.’ No pun intended, but I’m talking about St. Patrick’s Day.
I’ve been noticing this trend with bloggers everywhere of being all on top of it and timely with their posts. Like a month before any given holiday, they’re posting tips and ideas for celebrating with kids and making it special. So, while I may have been reading and taking in all these creative ideas, it didn’t really hit me until the actual morning of St. Patty’s, that I hadn’t planned anything.
Is this becoming a theme? Remember my Valentines post? So, we were on a play date when my son’s friend asked if we had celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Remembering that he did in fact wear a green shirt that day, he nonchalantly answered, “Yeah.”
His friend then proceeded to tell us, detail by exciting detail, how leprechauns had visited his house! How there were gold nuggets hidden all around the house for a scavenger hunt! How there was GREEN PEE IN THE TOILET!!! I’m sure there was also a leprechaun trap, leprechaun foot prints, rainbow-colored snacks, gold coins under the pillow, you name it! When did St. Patrick’s Day become more than ‘you get pinched if you don’t wear green?!’
My son, who has the most heart-wrenching, sad puppy dog face EVER, took it all in before getting out the words, “They didn’t come to our house.” *sniff sniff*
The morning of St. Patty’s, I woke up, remembered, sighed, and went to work. Of course I wore green! I do work at a school and those kids can be ruthless with the pinching.
At the grocery store on the way home, I had a lengthy discussion with the cashier who noticed my green and complimented me on my holiday spirit. Ha! I then confessed that I had 4 kids who had no idea it was St. Patty’s. I shared my dilemma: Should I just forget it and make it up next year, or should I stress and try to pull something off during their nap? I mean really, if I start something elaborate this year, am I not obligated for the rest of their childhood to keep up the tradition? He, a father, kindly reminded me about leprechaun gold, traps, footprints, and yes, pee. Oh. Nice talking to you. I feel better already.
Once at home, I discovered my husband had told the kids to wear green. They were happily doing nothing else St. Patty’s-related, and just like that I let myself off the hook.
But you know what? Easter is a month away, which makes me one of those well-timed bloggers who gives you advance warning and tips for upcoming holidays. So. Easter. Let’s see…paint eggs, egg hunt, Easter basket. I can handle that.
Does anyone happen to know what color Easter Bunny pee is?