One summer day in the 1960, my mother-in-law joined her new boyfriend’s family for dinner. She sat through course after course of unfamiliar food. When she thought her bounty had finally abated, she was served a salad. My mother-in-law still talks about that final salad, in shock both in its sequence after the main meal and its leafy freshness. The salad is like a punchline in this story of opposites attract, as an emblem of a totally different way of line. My mother-in-law would go on to marry him, my father-in-law, son of Italian immigrants. She would spend the next 40 years as his “American” wife.
She would stay that she was his Irish wife. Her family had come in prior to the Civil War, fighting on both sides for pay as so many Irish immigrants did. While their descendants married within their ethnicity, by the 1960s, culturally the only hallmarks of their Erin past were and faith and countenance. That and Irish pride. While my mother-in-law is not a shamrock arm-tat, green-beer gal, she is quick to bring up her Irish ancestry to new acquaintances. This pride has been passed on to our girls, who would make the black Irish look pale, and they stand proud on St. Patrick’s Day every year.
I, not at all Irish, never gave the holiday much mind. I would never look at a Shamrock shake. Green beer? Corned beef and cabbage. The whole lot of American St. Patrick’s day seems an acquired taste. While my proximity to adherents has helped me get in the act, I will say that I am not a whole-hearted participant.
I bring it with subtly like a minimalists guide to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We don’t go to the parade. We drink Irish beer but without food coloring. We eschew potatoes as they were the death of a generation due to the falsely-induced famine. We listen to 90s Irish indie bands. And, we wear subtle pops of green and plenty of pride!
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This project is pretty darn simple.
Find some wood. You can use a coffee stirrer. I had a bit of cane lying around from a failed basket-weaving endeavor. (A tale for another day). Trim the wood to squares.
Grab some green felt. I like one that is sort of an off-green, not the Kelly Green of girls scouts and leprechauns. But, I don’t judge your green leanings.
Trim the felt into a square. Cut a triangular notch in each side.
Then trim off each if the original corner. Now you should have a sort of X-shape.
Finally, trim a […]