On Tuesday I celebrated my first St Patrick’s Day. I don’t really know what it means but I think he was some fella who didn’t like snakes. I went in and watched the parade and then walked through the town. I noticed that on St. Patrick’s Day Ireland acts a bit backwards. Here are things I noticed on my first St. Patrick’s Day…
1. People walk on the road. There were rows and rows of people wearing colourful clothing and walking on the street and cars weren’t allowed on them. Parent’s are always telling their children to stay on the footpath and suddenly it is March 17th so it’s ok to walk on the road.
2. Everyone love the same colour – green. Don’t get me wrong it’s not that I don’t like green just I’m more of a blue and red kind of guy, but on St. Patrick’s Day everyone loves green and everyone wears green – some people even had green hair! Some buildings even change to green and people drink green drinks. The world changed to 50 shades of green for this Patrick dude.
3. Children wear make up. Any other time of the year children in make up is a controversial topic but not on SPD, it is ok for kids to wear make up because it is called ”face paint”. Daddy wanted to put face paint on me but luckily Mommy said no – I don’t think I would have liked to have a flag painted on my entire face, like he was suggesting.
4. Everyone likes the same type of music. I can guarantee that for the other 364 days of 2015 hardly anyone listens to di-didley-eye while cleaning their bathroom. Alas, on the 17th all adults seem to have the same taste in music and ‘sing’ along on the top of their lungs. They hug each other while singing it too – it’s all a bit strange really.
5. It’s ok to take candy from strangers. Probably the most confusing of all. A child’s entire life parents tell them not to take sweets from strangers – it’s dangerous. They don’t tell you that if that stranger is part of a parade, dressed as a giant flower on March 17th then it’s ok, take as much as you want.
And parents wonder why us kids need to be told things 100 times – it’s because you change the rules so often. Don’t get me started on Christmas!