Wearin’ O’ The Orange

Today I was in touch with my Irish roots in honor of St. Patty. I wore green and my Celtic jewelry and I made corned beef and cabbage for dinner.

Since we’re not Catholic, nor has my family been for as long as we have a record, we should be wearing orange instead. And considering my ancestors left the Scottish Highlands to “help subdue the Catholics in Ireland”, or something like that, it may be a mockery to wear green.

But I hate to be pinched so I’ll continue to wear green. Besides, I have no interest in subduing anyone – Catholic or otherwise.


  1. Becky on March 18, 2009 at 1:37 am

    We have Scotch-Irish ancestry…which we understand were like Scottish colonists, sent by England to settle in Ireland for much the same reason…but we still enjoy wearing green (to avoid being pinched) and having the ‘traditional’ foods, too. We had to alter the corned beef and cabbage to include South Beach “mashed potatoes” (steamed pureed cauliflower)…lets just say…waaaay too many cruciferous veggies in one meal. Sorry, I know…TMI.Don’t know why I felt compelled to share that, except that it’s way past my bedtime and all that blarney.

  2. Gretchen on March 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you for setting the record straight. However, I prefer to wear green. 🙂

  3. Spruce Hill on March 19, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    My Mom wears orange on St Patricks day!

  4. Cheryl Wray on March 20, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I love this! I didn’t know about the wearing-of-the-orange. You learn something new everyday, huh?Lots of Scotch-Irish in my family too.And we totally love SPD too. We wore green and ate green cookies (with green sprinkles) all day long!

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